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Overturned lorry demonstrations on the Forth Crossing this Saturday

Visitors to the Forth Road Bridge Open Week this Saturday will have a unique chance to see close-up what happens when a heavy vehicle overturns and blocks the carriageway .

Heavy recovery specialists George McPhee will perform two demonstrations of righting an overturned tanker at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday 31 October, in the bridge office car park at South Queensferry.

Using a special demonstration vehicle and the same heavy lifting equipment they use on the bridge when called upon to recover an overturned lorry, McPhee’s team will show visitors what’s required to clear the carriageway and get the traffic moving again.

The Forth Road Bridge has its own on-site breakdown recovery team to minimise the time taken to clear the carriageway in the event of an accident or breakdown. However, when an HGV overturns, specialists George McPhee are called into action with their heavy lifting equipment.

Last year two curtain-sided lorries overturned on the bridge during sudden gusts of wind.

The demonstrations are being staged as part of the Forth Road Bridge’s first ever Open Week.The exhibition is open from 12 until 7 p.m. Monday to Thursday, from 3 until 7 p.m. on Friday and from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday.

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