Sprinter van badly damaged in latest bridge calamity at Ely

PUBLISHED: 13:42 30 May 2018 | UPDATED: 13:42 30 May 2018

Yellow Mercedes sprinter van - sporting the legend 'careful removals- hit the railway bridge at Stuntney Road, Ely, in the early hours of May 30th 2018. PHOTO: J Ratcliffe

Yellow Mercedes sprinter van - sporting the legend 'careful removals- hit the railway bridge at Stuntney Road, Ely, in the early hours of May 30th 2018. PHOTO: J Ratcliffe

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Britain's most bashed bridge - along Stuntney Road in Ely - claimed its 114th victim in nine years today.

Yellow Mercedes sprinter van - sporting the legend 'careful removals- hit the railway bridge at Stuntney Road, Ely, in the early hours of May 30th 2018. PHOTO: J RatcliffeYellow Mercedes sprinter van - sporting the legend 'careful removals- hit the railway bridge at Stuntney Road, Ely, in the early hours of May 30th 2018. PHOTO: J Ratcliffe

The railway bridge was hit today by a yellow Mercedes Sprinter van at around 12.45am today but luckily the driver escaped injury.

A police spokesman said: “We were called at 12.45am today to Ely train station with reports that a yellow Mercedes Sprinter van has collided into the bridge.

“There was no damage to the bridge.”

Since 2009 times the bridge – crowned the UK’s most bashed bridge in an informal annual ‘competition’ – has now been struck 114 times.

Despite numerous warning signs, van and HGV drivers continue to underestimate the height of the bridge and have caused 36 hours of delays for rail passengers.

Network Rail says it has spent over £100,000 in the past five years on repairs.

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