A large articulated lorry with a full size steel shipping container on its trailer appeared to have taken several wrong turns in Penarth yesterday and – predictably – found itself stranded on a narrow road with no way forward and no way back .
The driver of the big truck – possibly guided by a GPS sat-nav system – is thought to have been aiming to unload a consignment of kitchen units in the town centre.
The driver somehow found himself in the narrow Dingle Road – by Dingle Station – drove up to Grove Place, couldn’t make the 90 degree turn back over Victoria Bridge into Hickman Road and tried going straight up Woodland Place (where cars are parked on both sides of the road) ….and got stuck.
The huge rig was marooned in Woodland Place for over 3 hours whilst the drivers of parked cars were contacted to arrange to move them.
Eventually the truck did manage to extract itself from Woodland Place and unloaded its cargo in Windsor Road – but had to park on double yellow lines outside the RAFA Club to do so .
Vilis Kuksa the well-known local photographer and proprietor of Penarth Framing says it’s the second time he’s seen this happen . Last time a similar container truck damaged a householder’s fence whilst attempting to extricate itself backwards from Woodland Place.
Meanwhile over the last few days other massive eighteen-wheelers have been causing other problems in Penarth.
The potato truck in the picture above decided to park on the zig zag lines of the zebra crossing outside Plassey St Fish Bar – blocking the view for approaching traffic and forcing pedestrians to peer cautiously around the cab before deciding whether or not to cross to the other side .