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Lorry sheds wood chip load over road between Simonstone and Padiham
A TRAIL of wood chippings covered a road for more than half a mile after a truck lost its load.
The incident came close to affecting rush hour traffic between Simonstone and Padiham, but an eagle-eyed traffic chief is said to have averted the problem.
As the vehicle travelled down Whalley Road in Simonstone early yesterday, a Lancashire County Council highways inspector saw the wood chips being shed from the back of the lorry.
The council said that, by identifying the problem as it happened at 6.30am, there was time for a clean-up operation to take place before traffic reached its peak.
Lancashire County Council highways said the company which owned the truck was able to sweep up the yards of spilled wood chips before 7am.
Throughout the morning, Highways Agency alerts warned drivers away from using the A671 and the junction near Padiham with the A6068.
However the early intervention prevented the need to close the road.
Alan Capstick, the county council’s highways manager for Burnley, said: “One of our highway inspectors happened to witness that a truck was in the process of losing its load of wood chippings and had shed them over around a half mile stretch of the A671 before he managed to alert the driver.
“The company concerned immediately arranged to sweep them up and, as the incident happened at around 6.30am, had done so before rush hour began in earnest.
“While motorists were confused to find the chippings on the road we didn't have to close it and are not aware that the incident caused any significant problems.”
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