Apr 30, 2013 News Comments Off on Driver disappears after truck nearly topples from Harbour Bridge
A truck driver is on the run after the vehicle he was driving, GHH 2756, almost toppled into the Demerara River from the Demerara Harbour Bridge, yesterday.
The truck was carrying crush and run material for road construction to be delivered to GWI branch on the West Coast Demerara. The truck almost toppled over the eighth span of the Demerara Harbour Bridge after the engine failed while driving up a ramp on the East to West thoroughfare of a section of the bridge.
Reports disclosed that the truck subsequently reversed and almost toppled over the bridge before the driver regained control.
The driver disappeared from the scene after the accident. This occurred at 14:30 hrs, and commuters were frustrated because they were forced to wait for approximately two hours at each side of the bridge.
General Manager of Demerara Harbour Bridge Corporation (DHBC), Rawlston Adams, said that a call was received that a truck was hanging precariously on span eight. He said that upon investigation it was discovered that the truck loaded with crush and run almost toppled over the side of the bridge.
“We assessed the situation and it was advised at that time to shut down the entire bridge because we were concerned that the vibrations from other vehicles and the tide would have toppled the truck into the river or onto the pontoon.”
A call was made to John Fernandes to rent a crane to retrieve the truck that was dangling precariously on the side of the bridge, Adams said that the driver of the vehicle who fled the scene would have to pay for the services rendered by John Fernandes since that company was one of the only ones that had the crane capacity to handle the job.
The truck was subsequently reversed off the bridge and was parked at the Georgetown entrance pending the arrest of the driver.
Adams said that there was no major structural damage to the Harbour Bridge. However, the power cable attached to the retractor span was damaged and will have to be replaced.
Thanking the police and John Fernandes for the assistance rendered, the General Manager of Demerara Harbour Bridge Corporation said he is thankful it was not worse.
This publication has been informed that the owner of the truck turned up at the scene and took possession of his vehicle.
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