Wednesday, 23 June 2021

Two hours of jams after delivery lorry breaks down

A STREET in Henley was blocked for more than two hours after a heavy goods vehicle broke down.

A STREET in Henley was blocked for more than two hours after a heavy goods vehicle broke down.

The Asda delivery lorry came to a sudden standstill in Bell Street when its pneumatic brake cable ruptured as the driver was turning the corner into New Street, causing the brakes to lock.

The incident happened shortly after 2pm on Tuesday and the street was blocked until about 4.20pm, causing traffic jams along Bell Street and Reading Road.

A police community support officer directed drivers back towards the town centre via King’s Road, which also became heavily congested.

The officer said there had been reports of drivers mounting the pavement to squeeze through the narrow gap between the lorry and estate agent Savills on the Bell Street/New Street corner.

One was said to have narrowly missed a woman walking a dog and Savills staff feared their office might be struck.

A Royal Mail delivery driver stopped and built a makeshift blockade from plastic crates he was carrying in his van. The lorry driver had to wait with his vehicle while a mechanic was sent from Reading but he was given hot drinks by staff from the estate agent.

He did not want to comment when approached by the Henley Standard.

The mechanic arrived shortly after 4pm and replaced the cable, allowing the lorry driver to continue its journey to the Asda branch in Twickenham.

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