Car transporter crashes into Tunbridge Wells railway bridge leaving debris and battered cars

A car transporter smashed into a bridge in Tunbridge Wells
A car transporter smashed into a bridge in Tunbridge Wells -Credit:@JayR1972

A car transporter crashed into a railway bridge leaving a trail of debris and two battered cars. The collision on the busy A26 Eridge Road in Tunbridge Wells happened yesterday afternoon (May 8).

The vehicle loader had two levels and two cars were damaged, with one being pushed off the top level by the impact as the lorry hit the 14ft 6in bridge. The bridge serves the much-loved Spa Valley Railway.

Police attended along with Kent Fire and Rescue Service, which dealt with a fuel leak. The incident could see the heritage railway spending money on inspections and repairs ahead of any insurance payment.

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The eye witness who took the photos told KentLive: "I was driving home on Eridge Road at 4.30pm when the traffic was all backed up along the road. I parked up and walked towards the bridge to see the transporter minus the two cars on top.

"It seems the front two were low enough and then he kept driving and scraped the other two off. The car behind was nearly hit as the red car fell. No-one was hurt thankfully."

The A26 Eridge Road is a busy route which goes to Crowborough in East Sussex in one direction, and through to Southborough in the other. Jonnie Pay, the commercial and finance manager at Spa Valley Railway, the busiest tourist attraction in Tunbridge Wells, said: "The number of bridge strikes seems to be on the rise again despite numerous signs and warnings in place of this structure.

"Each time it's hit it costs volunteers valuable time to inspect the bridge and sometimes pay outs pending insurance claims for inspection and repairs. The railway will be open as usual this weekend and will be running steam and heritage diesel trains between Tunbridge Wells West and Eridge."

A spokesman for Kent Police said: "We were called at 4.19pm on Wednesday, May 8, to a report a car transporter had struck a bridge in Eridge Road, Tunbridge Wells. Patrols attended the scene where no injuries were reported, and arrangements were made to recover to transporter and the vehicles it was carrying. Fire crews also attended to deal with a fuel leak."

The Spa Valley Railway now sees upwards of 55,000 visitors each year visiting for galas, dining experiences, The Polar Express train ride, or for just a day out in the High Weald. You can find out more here.

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