Man fined after his load hits bridge

A MAN has been fined after his truck hit a railway bridge at Windsor in New South Wales on Friday.

About 7.45pm Friday, a man drove his flat-top truck under the railway bridge at the intersection of Brabyn and Bell streets.

The truck was carrying two large tractors and as it passed under the bridge one of the tractors hit the bridge.

Police say the tractor sustained major damage and fell from the vehicle onto the roadway, along with fuel and oil.

The bridge sustained minor damage and was later deemed safe by engineers.

A number of road closures were in place while the road was cleared and police investigated.

The 67-year-old driver was later issued with a traffic infringement notice for "Disobey low clearance line - bridge".

This infringement notice carries a penalty of $2145.

NSW Police Force's Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Acting Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith, said drivers need to be aware of the consequences of careless behaviour.

"It is the responsibility of all drivers to make sure their loads don't pose a risk to others," he said.

"Not only did this incident result in traffic delays for other road users, but it also had the real potential to cause injury. 

"It's simple: pay attention to your surroundings and you won't have to pay a fine."

Director of Safety and Compliance at Roads and Maritime Services Peter Wells said heavy vehicle operators need to ensure they are aware of the heights of tunnels and bridges along routes they are travelling on.

"These incidents are dangerous, can cause significant delays to other road users and damage to infrastructure," Mr Wells said.

"We will continue to target rogue operators to ensure compliance and encourage safety of all road users.

"Registration suspensions and heavy penalties apply where operators and other parties do not check the height of their loads which leads to hitting bridges and tunnels."

Topics:  transport truck crash trucks

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