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UPDATED: Lorry in canal after bridge collapses
2:59pm Thursday 5th September 2013 in News
A LORRY has fallen into the St Helens canal after a bridge collapsed at Fiddlers Ferry.
The HGV tipped up as its back wheels went through the bridge, falling into the water.
It is next to the marina and leads to the trading estate at Fiddlers Ferry.
Police were called at 12.47pm with emergency services at the scene.
Witnesses say the bridge has completely collapsed.
A 32-year-old man driving the lorry was not injured. It was carrying sand and mud.
Cheshire Fire and Rescue and engineers from Warrington Borough Council are currently examining the bridge.
It is not yet clear why it collapsed.
Crews are working to recover the HGV.
Workers now face difficulties in getting off the trading estate.
Limos North West, Fiddlers Ferry Caravans, Daf Commercial and Wholesale Direct are all based there.
Businesses say a small access road next to the Ferry Tavern Pub can be used, but large vehicles will not fit.
That access road is due to be shut from Friday night due to a festival taking place this weekend.
Workers questioned the condition of the bridge and say signage on the weight limit is not clear.
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