Lorry stuck under Plymouth rail bridge disrupts trains

Lorry stuck under Plymouth rail bridge
Image caption The lorry was eventually pulled free from the bridge

Rail services in and out of Plymouth were disrupted after a lorry became stuck under a bridge.

The Palmer and Harvey vehicle was wedged beneath the bridge on Ashford Hill in the Mutley area of the city.

Devon and Cornwall Police was called to the scene and Network Rail said train services were delayed as it had to impose a 20mph speed restriction.

The lorry was eventually pulled free and the road reopened. An investigation has begun into the incident.

A Network Rail spokesman said the lorry was 2ft (0.6m) higher than the bridge.

A rail engineer has been sent to assess any structural damage to the bridge and rail passengers have been told to expect a short delay.

An initial attempt to free the lorry by deflating its tyres was not successful.

Palmer and Huntley said it was "investigating the incident fully".

"We apologise to anyone affected," it added.

The lorry driver has not commented.

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