LOCALS told how a huge truck got stuck in their village overnight after the driver took a wrong turn and his vehicle got stuck in narrow lanes.
The truck was so big and in such a tight spot that it took several hours to move it.
The driver was first trapped in his taxi during the Netherbury drama last week. The incident prompted a warning to police drivers.
Locals said the driver must have taken a wrong turn or missed a turn and first got stuck under a tree in Silkhay around 5pm last Tuesday (pictured below)
It then moved down Hingsdon Lane only to get stuck at the junction with St James Road near the center of the village.
It is understood he was there all night before being picked up at dawn.
Villager Ken Tracy thought the lorry was supposed to deliver to the Furleigh Estate winery and missed the turn – but the estate said it was not.
Mr Tracy said: “It was quite an event. He found himself in a single track lane and his heavyweight was totally unsuitable for the lane in a remote part of Dorset.
“He first got stuck under a mature chestnut tree and as he maneuvered he tore out a large section of the tree causing a major obstruction to the road. Local resident Ken Bodycombe used his chainsaw to clear the road.”
Ken Bodycombe cuts down the tree that had caused an obstruction in the road
Mr Tracy said he and others tried to tell the driver he had taken a wrong turn and tried to explain how he could get out of the predicament, but the driver spoke no English and did not understand what was being said.
Instead of turning around and returning to the main road, the driver headed towards Netherbury where the truck got stuck again (pictured below).
Mr Tracy said: “He was literally stuck in the road and the driver couldn’t get out. No one could pass him. Luckily it was the end of the day so he wasn’t holding too many people back. he From what I understand, he was there most of the night before they could get the truck out.
“It was very exciting for our little community but poor trucker, he must have been completely traumatised.”
The transport operator has been contacted for comment.
Ian Edwards of the Furleigh estate said: “We have heard of a lorry stuck in the lane; although we have had no contact with the lorry driver ourselves. We don’t know what the lorry was carrying; but he did not deliver bottles to Furleigh.
“The transport had been arranged by a third party and we believe the driver was trying to collect a finished load on their behalf. We don’t know why he ended up in the lanes. Presumably he was not using a proper satnav system – which could have warned him that the lane was not suitable for his vehicle.”
A Dorset Police spokesperson said: “We received a report at 6.16pm on Tuesday March 29, 2022 that a lorry had become stuck on St James Road in Netherbury. Officers attended and no injuries were reported. was reported.
“The recovery of the vehicle has been organized and the highways authority has been informed.”
Police said they left the scene around 1am, but it is understood the truck sat there for a few hours after that before it was finally moved.
The police spokesman added: “We urge motorists driving heavy goods vehicles or other larger vehicles to ensure they are taking the correct routes and to bear in mind that those given by the systems satellite navigation systems are not always the most appropriate.”