A lorry driver caused hours of delays on the A23 after failing to safely stow a large excavator bucket in the back of his vehicle.
Joshua Scofield drove south via the village of Waringlid near Haywards Heath on November 3 last year but was unable to lower the crane – despite an alarm system on the vehicle warning him of the failure.
Footage of a vehicle driving behind the truck showed the bucket being lifted into the air as the truck approached a bridge.
The backhoe hit the bridge and broke the vehicle from the impact, but Scofield drove on.
The road had to be closed in both directions after the collision while engineers checked the bridge for safety.
The 30-year-old stopped in nearby Bolney and was questioned by police. Officers also noted that the truck had two flat tires that could have blown.
Scofield, of Wells Road, Crawley, was charged and appeared before Brighton Magistrates’ Court on August 15, where he admitted dangerous driving.
His driver’s license was revoked for a year and he has to undergo a lengthy re-test before he can drive again.
The court also ordered him to do 100 hours of unpaid work and pay £500 in expenses and a £95 victim’s surcharge.
PC Barry Freeman of the Commercial Vehicle Unit said: “The footage from the A23 is shocking – Scofield is very fortunate not to have killed or seriously injured himself or any other road user.
“The driver is responsible for ensuring that his vehicle is roadworthy and that the load is securely fastened or stowed.
“We are pleased that a dangerous driver has been taken off our roads.”
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20684713.crawley-man-collided-a23-bridge-disqualified-driving/?ref=rss Crawley man who collided with the A23 bridge has been disqualified from driving