50-year-old man in custody after lorry crash drama

A 50-year-old man remains in police custody today after yesterday’s drama involving a lorry hitting a bridge and multiple vehicles.

The lorry hit the bridge by Bitton Station on the A431 and eventually came to a  halt in Oldland Common.

An Avon & Somerset Police spokesperson said today: “We were called at around 5.15pm yesterday following reports of a lorry colliding with a bridge in Bath Road, in Willsbridge.

“A 50-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and dangerous driving. He remains in police custody.

“Multiple vehicles, trees, street lighting and telephone lines have been damaged but we believe no one has been injured.

“Officers worked with BT and the local authority to make the scene safe and clear debris.

“The road was closed in both directions. The road was reopened at around 10pm and the bridge has been reopened to foot traffic only.”

This lunchtime a South Gloucestershire Council spokesperson said: “Our StreetCare officers have attended the site to carry out a structural assessment and found that there is no significant damage and the bridge remains safe.”

Avon Valley Railway have been informed that they are able to run trains across the bridge again. This is a busy time of year for the heritage railway which run their Santa Special trains.

The lorry came from Keynsham firm I J McGill.