Appeal to trace driver after Blaydon Bridge collision
05 Aug 2016 12:30 PM[View Full Size]
Police are appealing for help to track down the wagon that collided with the Blaydon bridge earlier this week.
Around 1.30pm on Wednesday, August 3, a flat-bed wagon travelling on the Blaydon Highway in Gateshead collided with the footbridge over the road.
The wagon was carrying a yellow JCB type vehicle on the back and when it passed under the footbridge the top of the digger collided with the walkway, causing damage to the structure.
The police and council immediately responded and the bridge had to be completely shut to pedestrians.
Sections of the road also had to be closed to allow for structural engineers to safely examine the damage caused.
It is anticipated that it may cost hundreds-of-thousands of pounds for the bridge to be safely repaired.
The wagon that collided with the bridge left the scene of the incident without speaking to officers and police are appealing for help from the public to identify and locate it.
Police are urging anyone who was in the area and who witnessed the collision, or anyone who thinks they might know the details of the vehicle or the driver involved in the collision to contact them as soon as possible.
The footbridge is right next to a McDonalds restaurant and police believe there were people in there at the time of the collision and who might have seen what happened. Officers also believe there was a female pedestrian actually on the bridge at the time of the incident. These people are asked to get in touch.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference number 525 03/08/16.