Truck stuck under Punt Road & Swan Street Bridge

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Lord Murray Schoorman
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Lord Murray SCHOORMAN is a dynamic media industry entrepreneur. Commencing his own media production powerhouse in 2001, Peak Hour Images has leaped from strength to strength in an everchanging content production landscape. Lord Murray is also a long-standing member of the Melbourne Press Club and The National Press Club of Australia. In November 2013 Lord Murray Schoorman was appointed a position on the committee of the Fitzroy Street Trader's Association & within a year he was promoted to the position of Vice President of the association. He proudly held this position for over 3 years, working closely with the major events department of the City of Port Phillip and various other stakeholders. Little known fact; Lord Murray is also a qualified senior firefighter with over 13 years experience on the frontline of high-profile international motorsport.

At approx 1:20pm today, calls to 000 stated a truck had hit the bridge over Punt Road near the intersection of Swan Street, Richmond. The caller complained of debris over the road and pieces of concrete left in the running lanes.

Upon arrival, crews quickly determined the extent of the damage and several northbound lanes of Punt Road were quickly closed to oncoming traffic.

Trains were stopped and redirected away from travelling over the bridge, causing significant delays to multiple lines traversing thru Richmond Railway Station.

The Toorak Times immediately dispatched our Lead photographer and chief crime reporter Lord Murray Schoorman of Peak Hour Images to scamble to the scene.

Upon his arrival, it was noticed that this was to be a protracted incident with a multi-agency response. Representatives from VicRoads, Metrail, Fire Rescue Victoria and Victoria Police coordinated their plan via a series of EMT meetings.

A low loader carrying two precast concrete tilt panels had become wedged under the bridge as the clearance required by the load was greater than the clearance of the bridge.

Multi-Agency EMT meeting
Multi-Agency EMT meeting
Engineers inspect the damage to the bridge under carriage
Engineers inspect the damage to the bridge under carriage

The chain tiedown over the rear of the tilt panel has moved approx 200mm on impact

The chain tiedown over the rear of the tilt panel has moved approx 200mm on impact
The chain tiedown over the rear of the tilt panel has moved approx 200mm on impact

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The trucks trailer tyres were deflated to drop the load by 100mm-150mm and then the truck was driven under the precise guidance and direction of Fire Rescue Victoria rescue crews until it was cleared of the bridge and handed over to the waiting heavy haulage towing appliance, just north of the bridge on Punt Road.

Damage to the low height warning beam can be seen from the road below
Damage to the low height warning beam can be seen from the road below

PHI 5530 Videos of the operation in progress have been uploaded here:

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