Lorry Driver Admits Load Was Too High

PUBLISHED: 11:55 18 April 2008 | UPDATED: 10:20 04 May 2010

A JCB digger on the back of a lorry was so high that it hit a bridge on the A14 at Bottisham. Lorry driver Paul Syrett admitted driving a Scania lorry with a dangerous load, and he was fined £160 with £50 costs and a £15 surcharge, and had three points en

A JCB digger on the back of a lorry was so high that it hit a bridge on the A14 at Bottisham.

Lorry driver Paul Syrett admitted driving a Scania lorry with a dangerous load, and he was fined £160 with £50 costs and a £15 surcharge, and had three points endorsed on his licence.

Police were called to the Spring Hall Farm bridge at lunchtime on August 31, said prosecutor Yetunde Fawehinmi. The arm of the JCB had struck the bridge, which is 5.21 metres high.

Syrett, 54, of Gunhild Close, Cambridge, was on his way to Wilburton when the accident happened, and had passed under four other road bridges during the journey.

Representing himself at Ely courthouse, Syrett said he had no training for carrying such a large machine.

"I stopped as soon as I felt the impact," he said. "The load did go under the bridge, and there was no structural damage.

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