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Bridge remains closed following crash
4:00pm Thursday 19th September 2013 in News
A BRIDGE in Higher Walton remains closed after it was ‘seriously damaged’ when hit by a car.
Parts of Acton Grange Bridge on Holly Head Lane were shattered during the collision.
Police say pieces of the bridge fell into the Bridgewater Canal.
The damage meant it was no longer safe with the bridge closed.
It has been shut down for more than a week following the incident on Wednesday, September 11.
It is not yet clear when it will be repaired or re-opened.
Officers from Warrington Borough Council carried out an inspection of the damage. The bridge is owned by Peel Holdings.
A council spokesman said: “The council is now in discussions with the bridge owner about the necessary repairs but it is expected these will be carried out in the next couple of weeks.”
Meanwhile, Cheshire Police have revealed comments made by drivers as they were stopped at signs for the bridge closure last Wednesday.
Officers were at the scene for several hours following the incident, directing traffic and speaking to residents.
On Twitter, Warrington South NPU published the reaction of drivers at the roadblock under the heading ‘things not to say to a bobby on a road closure’.
One driver is reported to have said ‘I drive a fast car, I won’t be there long’, while one said ‘can I not go through (anyway)’.
Another asked ‘is it really that important you have to shut it off?’ In response, Warrington South NPU tweeted: “All comments experienced by officers.
“I think we'd like people to understand is that it will always be necessary (when a road is closed).”
“We don't do it just to annoy people.”
Anyone with information on the collision can call police on 101.
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