VIDEO: Four sets of Plymouth traffic lights knocked out after lorry accident, driver failed to stop
A LORRY smashed into a set of traffic lights and drove off just as the morning rush hour started.
The whole structure of the lights was left in a mangled mess following the collision at about 7.50am yesterday morning on Albert Road, Stoke.
Police are hunting the lorry responsible – but say the driver may have been unaware the crash happened.
Four set of lights were put out of action during the morning, leaving drivers manoeuvring the junction with extra care.
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But the city council quickly made the area safe and the highways agency worked to get temporary traffic lights up and running as soon as possible.
It is thought that a heavy duty lorry carrying a crane was responsible for the disruption at Albert Road’s junction with Park Avenue.
Witnesses described it as being blue with some yellow on it.
A police spokesman said officers are making CCTV enquiries in order to establish exactly what happened.
He continued: “It looks like it was a wide load lorry carrying a crane and the driver may not have been aware that they’d even hit the lights.”
And he said such events are not unheard of. The spokesman continued: “It’s not terribly uncommon.
“We are making enquiries with certain lorry companies in the area and I’m sure we’ll resolve this.
“The matter was passed on to the highways agency who aimed to have temporary lights in place fairly quickly.”
Anyone with any information about the incident should contact Devon and Cornwall police on 101 and quote log 149 of October 25.