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Truck driver arrested after striking bridge

The driver of an articulated truck is set for a day in court after they struck a bridge in Portlaoise yesterday (Thursday, August 13th).

Laois Roads Policing Unit attended the scene of the bridge strike in the town.

A spokesperson for Garda Síochána Laois/Offaly, said: “The driver of the articulated truck was unfamiliar with the area and was following Sat-Nav directions.”

“The driver was also unaware of the height of their trailer resulting in the collision. This resulted in heavy traffic congestion in Portlaoise until the bridge was inspected and deemed safe by Iarnród Eireann’s engineers and before the scene could be cleared.”

“The driver was arrested for dangerous driving and charged to appear in court.”

“All drivers are reminded to familiarise themselves with their vehicle & trailer heights and not to be overly reliant on Sat Navs to avoid this type of incident.”

Image source: Garda Síochána Laois Offaly / Facebook

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