‘He no doubt followed a sat nav’ – Walkern High Street blocked after lorry gets stuck in narrow lane
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Walkern High Street is blocked after a lorry got stuck in a narrow lane coming onto it.
Police were called at about 10.45am after an articulated lorry got stuck while trying to head up Winters Lane, next to the White Lion pub.
The High Street and Winters Lane remain closed, with Saunders recovery trying to extract the Polish lorry from the lane.
A police spokeswoman said that officers remained on the scene, adding: “We’re still working out what to do.”
It is not yet clear when the roads will reopen.
A similar incident happened in January last year at the same location – and Emma Cannon, who lives at Three Limes on the corner of Winters Lane and the High Street, told the Comet that it was worse this time as the lorry couldn’t be extracted via the High Street.
She said: “They actually can’t get it out at the top – they’re having to move it out through the lane.
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“It’s a Polish lorry with a Polish driver unable to converse in English. He couldn’t read the signs.
“There’s already an ongoing battle with Herts Highways to install a better road system and signage.
“This driver made a delivery to TAE Fencing at Walkern Hall Farm, and then he no doubt followed a sat nav directing him up to the High Street via Winters Lane.
“The building in these photos is my family residence. It is Grade II-listed and any damage to it is very expensive to repair due to the materials that must be used.
“What we’re worried about is the insurance – if there is any damage to the house, it might be complicated to deal with a firm outside the UK.”