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‘Lost’ Lorry Ignores One-Way Signs and Gets Stuck In Guildford High Street

Published on: 14 Dec, 2017
Updated on: 14 Dec, 2017

Stuck tight – the lost lorry blocks Guildford High Street – Photo Kevin Lorimer

A lorry driver appeared to lose his way in Guildford town centre this afternoon (December 14, 2017) and became stuck as he attempted to turn around.

A witness said that he had driven the wrong way, against the one-way signs, up Market Street and then compounded the error by attempting to turn right onto the pedestrian-only High Street. At this stage, presumably noticing the Christmas market stalls and realising his error, he attempting to turn around.

Whichever way you you looked at it the driver had got himself in a jam – Photo Eddie Ward

The witness continued: “He had very little room to manoeuvre and became stuck with the rear of the refrigerated vehicle right up close to some bollards. Perhaps he’ll have to be lifted out by helicopter!”

Police officers were seen to be in attendance and were talking to the driver.

By 1.30pm the lorry was observed to have been removed and the High Street, once again, clear.

Later a police spokesperson said: “At about 12.12pm… police received reports of a lorry which had become stuck as it attempted to turn around in High Street, Guildford.

“During the manoeuvre, minor damage was caused to a bollard.

“To ensure the safety of the public, officers advised pedestrians to stay back while the vehicle was reversed, enabling it to continue on its journey.

“The driver was issued with a ticket for contravening a no entry sign.”

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Responses to ‘Lost’ Lorry Ignores One-Way Signs and Gets Stuck In Guildford High Street

  1. Sid Breeden Reply

    December 15, 2017 at 12:33 am

    I feel so sorry for the driver – he must have felt very embarrassed – and then to get a ticket on top of that. Everyone makes a mistake sometimes and you’d have hoped the coppers would have shown a little empathy and Christmas spirit.

    Good luck to him. I hope he keeps his chin up.

  2. Dave Middleton Reply

    December 16, 2017 at 10:45 am

    I have no sympathy for the driver at all. He is employed as a professional driver and is expected to drive properly and carefully in a manner that does not bring discredit to his employer, the name of which is emblazoned upon his vehicle. If I were his fleet manager, I’d not be very happy at all.

    His actions were a catalogue of errors and hardly the actions of a careful and competent driver.

    He contravened a clearly visible no entry sign, drove the wrong way up Market Street, which is clearly not suitable for large vehicles. He then attempted then to turn right, to drive down the High Street; again the wrong way on a one-way street and during the time when the High Street was pedestrian only, before finally getting his vehicle stuck broadside across the road, requiring police assistance to extricate his vehicle.

    As for the final police action, he was lucky to only receive one Christmas present of a single ticket for contravening the No Entry sign.

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