Call to ban HGVs after 12th house collision in Mirfield

Call to ban HGVs after 12th house collision in Mirfield

A LORRY smashed into the side of a house and damaged a Mercedes car when the driver attempted a near-impossible turn in Upper Hopton. 

In the latest of a spate of similar incidents in Mirfield, a 44-tonne wagon attempted to make the left turn onto Hopton Lane from North Gate on Monday.  

But the driver could not complete the manoeuvre safely and smashed into the side of a home owned by Chris Dodsly.  

The articulated lorry then collided with a Mercedes car, shunting it forwards 10 feet into a hedge.

The driver didn’t stop to assess the damage and was confronted by the homeowner when he caught up with him at a nearby industrial park.  

The incident is the 12th in recent years and comes just months after Mr Dodsly’s home was hit by another lorry attempting the same turn. 

It is thought that two industrial parks in Lower Hopton are attracting increasing numbers of large goods vehicles, exacerbating the problem. 

With no way for the lorries to access the site through Mirfield, due to low rail bridges, drivers are being forced to navigate roads through semi-rural Upper Hopton. 

In a bid to tackle the issue Kirklees Council recently introduced new road laws banning any vehicle over 7.5 tonnes from using the North Gate road. 

The driver of the lorry, which belongs to manufacturing company Polypipe, reportedly claimed that he was unaware of the damage and blamed his sat-nav for sending him down the restricted route. 

Mr Dodsly is now calling for a blanket ban of HGVs on the road and has reported the driver to the police for driving without due care and attention and leaving the scene of an accident. 

He said: “We are absolutely sick of this – companies should be forced to use smaller vehicles if they want to access Lower Hopton.” 

A spokesperson for the company said: “Polypipe is aware of an incident involving one of our vehicles that occurred in Mirfield on Monday. 

“We have launched a thorough investigation and will take appropriate action once that is complete. The safety of our colleagues and of members of the community is our number one priority.”

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