Some walkers may see a strange fish on the side of the Lobbaine town…
The convoy, originating from Holland, was transporting corn and was most certainly passing through us for a delivery. So far, so good… But when he arrived near Sars-la-Buissière, the driver’s GPS made him take an unusual route for a truck: the Chemin du Ravel!
“The driver entered under a railway bridge, not high enough for his semi-trailer. But the absence of a sign indicating the maximum height misled him. The top of the truck scraped against the ceiling of the bridge, causing it to veer off course and eventually plunge into the Sambre. The driver was able to extricate himself from his truck, he was not injured, ”said Michel Méan, spokesman for the firefighters of the Hainaut East rescue zone.
The driver got out on his own
The driver managed, while he was in his cabin, almost submerged, to call for help and even got out of the truck by himself.
The divers from Marcinelle and Beaumont threw themselves into the water, the railway police were also present as well as the local police. The truck was surrounded by anti-pollution socks to contain the fuel and river traffic was suspended.
An ambulance and a SMUR also went to the scene.
Still according to Michel Méan, “The local authorities contacted Infrabel to assess the possibility of them making the trip to get the truck out of the water using a crane. »