Historic bridge demolished in car smash

One side of Sabden's historic Bull Bridge was knocked down during a crash in the early hours of Saturday.

Wednesday, 16th March 2016, 11:31 am
The historic Bull Bridge in Sabden was badly damaged at the weekend following an accident. PIC BY ROB LOCK 14-3-2016

The driver of a Renault Megane car, who is in his late 30s and from Oxford, crashed into the bridge which is situated in the centre of Sabden, around 12-45 am.

He subsequently reported the accident to the police who arrived at the scene to investigate the incident and performed a roadside breathalyser test on the driver that proved negative. No charges were made and the incident is being treated as an accident.

Highways chiefs have made the bridge safe and are preparing to carry out repairs.

David Hurford, Lancashire County Council bridges design and construction manager, said: “We received a report that Sabden Bridge had been struck by a vehicle on Friday night and attended immediately to put barriers in place for safety. We’re due to replace these plastic barriers with concrete ones later this week.

“We will also retrieve the stone that has been dislodged into the river, which we hope to be able to replace when we make the repairs. We’ll carry out a full assessment of the damage soon so we know what needs to be done and can schedule the repairs.”