A three axle All Terrain crane working on the M49 motorway near Bristol in England struck a bridge and closed the road causing traffic chaos yesterday.
It looks as though the operator of the crane - a unit from the Ainscough fleet- either seriously misjudged the height of the bridge, as he travelled the crane with the boom up, or simply forgot it was up as he passed under the bridge. Either scenario is hard to imagine – but clearly somehow he managed it. Fortunately no one was hurt in the incident.
But given the precarious nature of the crane, along with the fact that questions were raised about the integrity of the bridge – the police decided to close the motorway in both directions, backing traffic up on other roads leading into the M49. Police were hoping to have it cleared overnight.