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Lorry left precariously hanging over railway line after crash with bridge

A lorry was left hanging over a railway line in Castle Cary after crashing into the bridge.

Bricks tumbled onto the tracks below as the lorry was left precariously balancing on the A371 in the Somerset town.

The lorry was left precariously hanging over the railway line at Castle Cary Credit: Network Rail

The accident happened around 9am on Tuesday August 13.

Services from Castle Cary to Westbury and Weymouth have been disrupted, while the mainline has been opened.

The driver was finally freed from the cab after an intricate operation by Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue and taken to hospital.

Teams were sent to a report of a lorry that had collided with a bridge wall and was overhanging the railway line, with the driver still within the vehicle.

Fire control immediately got hold of Network Rail to get them to stop any trains as there was reports of debris on the track. Further assistance is in attendance including our Urban Search and Rescue team, additional Rescue Tender from Yeovil, Aerial platform Ladder from Yeovil and Incident Command Support Unit from Street are all in attendance.

The casualty has now been released from the lorry by Fire Service crews and is now being conveyed to hospital by ambulance.

– Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue
The lorry was left overhanging the railway line at Castle Cary Credit: Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue

The A371 remains shut in both directions and it's not know when it is likely to reopen.

A lorry has collided with a bridge in Castle Cary causing some disruption this morning.

The mainline is now open but services to Weymouth and Westbury are affected.

Our engineers are working to make the line safe. In the meantime please check before you travel.

– Network Rail
Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue undertook an intricate operation to get the driver out of the cab. Credit: Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue