The Island’s PFI contractors and a well known Island transport company have been left red faced after an incident that saw a roller machine – weighing over 10 tons – fall off a low loader whilst being transported across the Island.
Motorists were delayed between Arreton and Newport on Thursday morning when the Eurovia-owned machinery fell off a George Jenkins Transport low loader whilst being transported between two different road resurfacing sites on behalf of Island Roads.
Amazingly, no one was injured in the incident which resulted in the heavy machine ending half on and half off the trailer at the junction of Merstone Lane and Blackwater Road.
Thankfully, the incident happened on a rural stretch of carriageway with fears from Islanders that if the incident had occurred in a residential area, a pedestrian could have been seriously injured or killed.
UPDATE @ 15:39 – Tracey Elms, Eurovia Group Marketing & PR Manager said:
“We are aware of the recent incident involving a Eurovia roller shifting whilst being transported on a low loader by George Jenkins Transport.
“Eurovia takes all incidents relating to health and safety very seriously and are carrying out a full investigation with the support of George Jenkins Transport.
“We are unable to comment further at this moment in time.”
Thursday’s incident comes three weeks after a George Jenkins Transport lorry was involved in a collision with the railway bridge at Morton Common, Sandown.