Excavator gets stuck under bridge in Pretoria

2016-07-07 18:39
This truck carrying a heavy-duty excavator got stuck under a bridge on the N1 in Pretoria. (Supplied)

This truck carrying a heavy-duty excavator got stuck under a bridge on the N1 in Pretoria. (Supplied)

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Pretoria – A truck carrying an abnormal load got wedged under a bridge on Sefako Makgatho Drive in Pretoria on Thursday, Tshwane emergency services said.

The truck carrying a heavy-duty excavator tried to pass under the N1 highway to Polokwane on Sefako Makgatho Drive (old Zambezi Road) but was too tall to fit and got stuck, spokesperson Johan Pieterse said.

Oil and hydraulic fluid were leaking from the excavator and the spill was being cleaned up while a structural engineer was being called in to see if the bridge had sustained any substantial damage.

The west-bound lanes of Sefako Makgatho Drive were closed to traffic. Another heavy-duty truck would be brought in to try and pull the vehicle out. 

Pieterse said the incident had "huge spectator value".

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