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Truck sprinkler strike brings traffic to standstill

TRAFFIC was backed up in Sydney this morning after an oversize truck wiped out the airport tunnel sprinkler system.

Officials report an articulated vehicle driven by a 28 year old man from Mr Druitt caused damage to the sprinklers on the roof of the airport tunnel, activating the system. 

The vehicle was travelling on Foreshore Road towards General Holmes Drive, Mascot.

Police report the vehicles height has set off the alarm and warning signs facing the driver, stating not to enter General Holmes drive, towards the Airport Tunnel. They will alleged the 28yr old male has ignored the warning lights and signs making a left turn onto General Holmes Drive.

CHAOS: Peak-hour traffic chaos as an oversize load wipes out Sydney airport tunnel sprinkler system
CHAOS: Peak-hour traffic chaos as an oversize load wipes out Sydney airport tunnel sprinkler system NSW Police Traffic and Highway Patrol

Police also stated the truck set off further warning signs and lights when it set off for the second time.

The 28yr old male has then allegedly continued colliding with the metal bollards that swing above the roadway at a the correct height.

The vehicle entered the Airport Tunnel, colliding with the roof, and causing major damage to the sprinkler system and minor damage to the roof. 

Motorists travelling on the effected lane were forced to use wipers as they made their way through the deluge. 

TO BIG TO FIT: The vehicle was stopped by RMS and Highway Patrol.
TO BIG TO FIT: The vehicle was stopped by RMS and Highway Patrol. NSW Traffic and Highway Patrol

The vehicle, intercepted by RMS and Highway Patrol was measured at 4.745m in height, with the tunnel only being a 4.4m route.

The truck was carrying an electric generator, which was contained in a wooden crate.

The 28yr old male will receive a severe breach for not complying with dimension requirements, which will be heard at Court.  

He will also receive a fine of $2238 for disobeying Clearance/Low clearance tunnel/bridge, which carries 6 demerit points.   

Further compensation will be followed up after the repair of the roof and sprinkler system by the RMS.  

The lane remained closed while the system was inspected, causing delays 4 km long in peak hour traffic.   

Repairs will be made later tonight after peak hour.  

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