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Scaffolding left ‘swaying’ after lorry gets tangled near city supermarket

Traffic ground to a halt in Cambridge city centre last night (February 15) after a lorry became enta..

By admin , in Cambridge , at February 16, 2018

Traffic ground to a halt in Cambridge city centre last night (February 15) after a lorry became entangled on scaffolding.

Police officers attended the scene near the Sidney Street Sainsbury's shortly before 8pm as fears grew the white truck would pull the poles down.

A delivery lorry for the supermarket became attached to scaffolding on a building next to a delivery yard entrance.

One city resident who witnessed the incident said the stuck lorry caused a build up of traffic along Sidney Street.

Susan Jourdain said: "A lorry has gone into some scaffolding. The lorry has gone into the scaffolding outside Sainsbury’s. The pole is actually sticking into the side of the lorry.

"It is a Sainsbury’s lorry – even experienced drivers have problems getting in and out of there. Another lorry has gone in behind and got stuck as well. And the taxis are unable to get past."

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A photo taken by student Sophie Dickinson revealed the white lorry sticking out into the street as it remained wedged against the scaffolding.

A porter on duty at nearby Sidney Sussex College, who asked not to be named, said: “I think the lorry just reversed and hit the scaffolding round the building.

“The scaffolding was swaying and they left the lorry there to make sure it didn’t come down. I think the scaffolders are there at the moment. You can get through now, and the lorry has been dragged to one side."

Inspector Rice of Cambridgeshire Constabulary said last night: "It seems to be a fairly standard accident.

"We are there. The lorry has hit some scaffolding. We were called at 7.55pm. We are worried the scaffolding might come down and we are busy making sure it is safe."

Police later said the lorry was out of the scaffolding at 9.17pm.

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