Van completely splits in half after striking low railway bridge

Andy Wells
Freelance Writer
The van split in half as it hit the Stonea Railway Bridge (SWNS)

A van driver managed to escape serious injury after his vehicle completely split in half after it ran into a particularly low bridge.

The white Citroen van hit the Stonea Railway Bridge in Cambridgeshire - which sits just seven feet above the road below - on Tuesday morning,

The vehicle split right down the middle after becoming lodged underneath the structure.

The white Citroen van hit the bridge in Cambridgeshire on Tuesday morning (SWNS)
The van split right down the middle after becoming lodged underneath the structure (SWNS)

Cambridgeshire Police closed the road while the vehicle was recovered and asked drivers to approach with care.

The force said: “This van driver was very lucky to walk away with only minor injuries this morning after they collided with a low railway bridge in Stonea near March.

“Our officers were on the scene to assist while a recovery took place.

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“We’d urge drivers to know the height and width of their vehicle and pay close attention to any nearby warning signs.”

In 2018 there were 15 crashes at the bridge, which has previously been dubbed the second most-hit bridge in the country behind Stuntney Bridge in nearby Ely, Cambs.

One incident saw a transit van become wedged underneath the structure, which is made from wrought iron and bricks and was built in 1895.

A sign placed at the site of the bridge warns of potential accidents (SWNS)
With a height restriction of only 7ft, any vehicle larger than a standard car is at risk (SWNS)

With a height restriction of only 7ft - or 2.1m - any vehicle larger than a standard car is at risk.

An alternative route, using the level crossing next to the bridge, is available for drivers in large vehicles.

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