Lucky escape for timber trailer driver

20111220- A92 blocked at Lower North Water Bridge. 'A lorry carrying a trailer load of timber shed blocked the A92 coast road between St. Cyrus and Montrose after shedding its load. The narrow bridge operates a right of way to Southbound traffic. The trailer ended up on its side spilling timber on and over the bridge and causing structural damage to the side of the bridge. The bridge crosses the River North Esk marking the boundary between Aberdeenshire and Angus. ''"Andy Thompson Photography", '"Copyright Andy Thompson Photography", '"No use without payment", '"www.atimages.com",
20111220- A92 blocked at Lower North Water Bridge. 'A lorry carrying a trailer load of timber shed blocked the A92 coast road between St. Cyrus and Montrose after shedding its load. The narrow bridge operates a right of way to Southbound traffic. The trailer ended up on its side spilling timber on and over the bridge and causing structural damage to the side of the bridge. The bridge crosses the River North Esk marking the boundary between Aberdeenshire and Angus. ''"Andy Thompson Photography", '"Copyright Andy Thompson Photography", '"No use without payment", '"www.atimages.com",

A TRAILER carrying logs turned on its side at the Lower Northwater Bridge at about 12.30pm last Tuesday, damaging the parapet at the downstream side, and spilling timber over the other side.

The trailer then became jammed between the two parapets.

But if the southbound Volvo lorry unit had not remained upright, which it appeared to have done because the trailer’s kingpin sheared, the consequences could have been very much more serious for the driver

He walked away unhurt, but had the unit gone over the side he would have suffered a 35-foot drop to the bank of the North Esk.

As it was, the lorry’s Hi-ab timber crane was dislodged from its base and left dangling over the parapet, still attached to the trailer by safety straps, and almost reaching the river bank.

Another timber lorry was brought to the scene, and its crane was used to clear the lengths of timber from the carriageway.

Police officers from both the Tayside and Grampian forces attended, because the incident happened on the border between the two areas.

The road was closed for a lengthy period while the trailer and its load were recovered.

Vehicles heading north from Montrose were diverted via Hillside.

The bridge is A-listed, and only three years ago underwent £650,000 of restoration. It is approached on both sides by means of sharp bends on the A92.

Work undertaken included removal and replacement of some worn stones, and re-pointing of the structure.

Structural engineers will survey the area to see how much of the original stone, now lying 35 feet below the roadway, can be reclaimed for the repairs.