Low-hanging branch ‘cuts through lorry like a can opener’

The damage to the van PHOTO: Peter Pollack. filmonfilm.uk. SUS-150723-120512001
The damage to the van PHOTO: Peter Pollack. filmonfilm.uk. SUS-150723-120512001

A MASSIVE hole has been gouged through a lorry when it struck a low-hanging branch of a tree in a narrow road near Worthing’s town centre.

Police have closed off Clifton Road after the vehicle crashed into an overhanging branch, shortly after 10am today.

Police at the scene PHOTO: Peter Pollack. filmonfilm.uk. SUS-150723-120436001

Police at the scene PHOTO: Peter Pollack. filmonfilm.uk. SUS-150723-120436001

The driver of the truck was travelling northbound and attempting to manoeuvre past another car coming from the other direction when he crashed into the branch – which locals have warned is ‘almost invisible’.

The impact sliced through the lorry’s fibre glass body, leaving a gaping hole in the vehicle.

Mick Symes, a retried construction worker from nearby Tarring Road, saw the aftermath of the crash.

He said: “This road is an accident waiting to happen.

Inspecting the damage to the lorry    PHOTO: Peter Pollack  filmonfilm.uk. SUS-150723-120500001

Inspecting the damage to the lorry PHOTO: Peter Pollack filmonfilm.uk. SUS-150723-120500001

“The branch has ripped through the fibreglass side of the lorry like a giant can opener.”

He added: “Lorry drivers aren’t known for being courteous these days but this chap was only trying to give as much space as he could for oncoming traffic. Because of that, he paid the price.”

No one was injured during the collision.

But eyewitness Peter Pollack felt the driver was lucky to escape the crash unharmed.

“It was quite frightening actually. If the branch had been any lower It could have caused severe damage to the drivers cab, not to mention the poor driver,” Mr Pollack said.

Mr Symes claims this was not the first time the tree had been struck.

The branch has been hit before and has a number of ‘scars’ on it from previous impacts, he said.

It is only about 8ft above the road.

Mr Symes added that the low-hanging branch, combined with a number of ‘distracting’ road signs nearby was creating a dangerous cocktail.

“It’s always been an accident waiting to happen but it’s one of those things – who is to blame,” he said.

“The tree is on private land and the road is really narrow.”

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