M5 gantry collision leads to conviction

Chris Tindall
July 6, 2024


A tipper driver who denied dangerous driving after his truck crashed into an overhead gantry on the M5 has been convicted of the charge following a trial.

The incident, on 2 March 2023, led to the M5 being closed for about 14 hours due to concerns the gantry could collapse.

A jury at Bristol Crown Court was shown CCTV and dashcam footage showing Anthony Baker’s 32-tonne HGV being driven along the M5 south with the tipper truck bed raised before the collision.

Calls from members of the public began to be received by Avon and Somerset Police before the lorry struck an overhead gantry on the southbound carriageway.

The truck bed was detached from the rest of the lorry and one of the matrix signs fell onto the motorway. Fortunately, nobody was injured.

The 48-year-old told officers during police interview he did not usually check the lorry bed had lowered after making a delivery but in hindsight stated he should have.

Baker added he did not see any other motorists signal to him to pull over and he was unaware of any mechanical malfunction that would have caused the issue.

PC Ian Hudson, of the roads policing unit, said: “The consequences of this collision could have been catastrophic.”

Baker was released on bail and will be sentenced on 2 August.

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Chris Tindall

Chris Tindall started writing for the haulage and logistics industry in 2002 and has covered a broad range of significant issues, including GPS jamming by criminals, platooning and Brexit.

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