A 27-tonne Co-operative lorrry had to be winched out of a village road when it failed to take a hairpin bend and then had to be reversed more than a mile before it could be turned around.
The incident, at Micklethwaite Lane, near Bingley, also cost the driver the price of a fixed penalty notice, issued by West Yorkshire Police’s Western Area Roads Policing Unit for the contravention of a weight restriction.
The lane was completely closed for most of yesterday afternoon after the lorry became stuck just after lunchtime. It needed a recovery crew to free the vehicle, which was then reversed for around a mile on Micklethewaite Lane and Carr Lane.
Residents and campaigners fighting plans for new homes in the area said the incident underlined their claims that local roads are unfit for heavy traffic – especially after seven cars were hit in a lorry shunt nearby on Thursday.
Graham Hey of Micklethwaite saw the drama unfold. “The lorry became stuck around 1.30pm,” he said. “Police were soon on the scene and a crane arrived about two hours later.”
Mr Hey said the road has a 7.5 tonne weight limit.
“The wagon was going up Micklethwaite, towards a hairpin bend near the village green,” he said. “The driver tried to get round the bend but just couldn’t make it. It is a steep incline and the lorry slid backwards, demolishing white marker stones around the edge of the village green.”
Mr Hey said the driver had been heard to say he had not seen the 7.5 tonne sign and had been ‘following sat nav’.
He said the incident was a great boost for the Greenhill Action Group which is battling plans for more than 400 new homes around Micklethwaite.
He said. “This sort of thing is a constant problem and we can’t seem to get the message across that these roads are totally unsuitable for this kind of traffic.”
Terry Brown, of nearby Oakwood Drive and chairman of Greenhill Action Group, said: “The fact that this happens just a day after seven cars were hit on Keighley Road underlines our case. It’s a prime example of what we could expect from a big increase in the volume of traffic.”