Driver faces bridge strike legal action

Police allege over-height truck load led to crash that means rail span must be replaced

July 5, 2012

A truck driver faces police action following what promises to be an expensive Port Adelaide bridge strike that has halted suburban train services between Woodville and Outer Harbour.

The services will not resume until the Commercial Road bridge is replaced, the South Australian Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure says.

That will not happen before next Monday.

Road traffic will continue with contra-flow arrangements under the western side of the bridge.

South Australia Police say they have "reported a 55-year-old man from Aldgate for heavy vehicle breaches following an incident at Port Adelaide".

Police will allege that just before 10am yesterday, the man was driving a truck carrying an excavator on Commercial Road that crashed into the bridge.

"The charges include breaching height restrictions and travelling on St Vincent Street without Ministerial approval," police say.

He will appear in the Port Adelaide Magistrates Court at a later date.

"Police will continue a strong focus on policing offences related to heavy vehicles," the force adds.

The driver’s name and company were not disclosed.

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