Barkingside bridge ‘will kill someone’ says resident

A man who helped rescue a lorry driver trapped when his vehicle hit a bridge and overturned this morning says “someone will be killed” by the road layout.

The articulated smashed into the bridge in Forest Road, Barkingside, before overturning just before 10am today.

It is the 11th large vehicle to hit the bridge in a decade.

Richard Oldike was in his front garden when he heard a loud bang and saw the lorry on its side.

He said: “I went over there with a couple of railway workers and we helped the driver get out of the cab.

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“We sat him down and he wasn’t too badly hurt. He was a bit concussed though. He didn’t speak English.

“Then the police arrived and cordoned the area off.”

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He added: “Someone is going to be killed eventually.”

The Central Line is currently suspended between Newbury Park and Hainault as a result of the strike, and Forest Road remains closed.

Since 2001, several people have been seriously hurt or trapped in cars as lorry after lorry has hit the bridge, which has a clearance of 4.2m.

Another resident, Joan Richardson, added: “It’s always happening even though there are so many notices. Perhaps the driver wasn’t thinking.

“It’s just one of those things, it’s part of living here.”

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