Hapton danger bridge hit again

The damaged bridge at Manchester Road, Hapton

The damaged bridge at Manchester Road, Hapton

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A dangerous road bridge – the scene of a recent fatal accident – has been severely damaged in yet another accident.

A large section of the humpback bridge in Manchester Road, Hapton, was knocked into the Leeds and Liverpool Canal several feet below following the accident on Sunday afternoon.

Residents and safety campaigners have been calling for stricter safety measures to be introduced following the death of 17-year-old Estelle Thompson who was killed in a car accident near to the bridge on July 20th.

Campaigners say that motorists drive too quickly over the bridge, and want warning signs and speed limits introduced.

Hapton resident Mrs Sheila Livesey said: “My daughter lives near to the bridge and often hears traffic whizzing over it.

“The bridge is dangerous and has been for years but nothing seems to be done. I can’t believe that after all the recent publicity someone else has had a crash there.

“The accident happened around 3pm but the driver drove off apparently. They must have hit the bridge with some force because it has knocked part of it into the canal. It is getting beyond a joke. Something needs to be done.”

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