Huge Tesco lorry gets stuck on tiny lane in North Devon village

It was a case of SatNav nightmare or not reading the signs for one supermarket lorry driver after it got stuck in a tiny village trying to bypass a major North Devon closed road.

Residents in the village of Ashford, just off the A361, and about halfway between Braunton and Barnstaple in North Devon, were left scratching their heads in wonder how this could have happened when a 33-tonne articulated lorry from Tesco drove through and ended up in a right pickle.

The huge lorry, complete with the supermarket branding and its famous strapline “every little helps” had driven off the A361 which connects the two larger towns in the hope of finding a detour after the major A-road was closed this morning (Sunday November 19) following a serious crash.

Resident David York Moore said the mishap had left locals bemused and entertained but also wondering how it had happened when there is a sign at the bottom of the turn off from the A361 saying the road is not suitable for coaches or long vehicles.

He said: “I got woken at 5.30am this morning by blue lights from police cars so that lorry must have got stuck around that time. I don’t know if it was a SatNav error or if the driver missed the sign. I know it was dark but the sign warning that the road through the village is not suitable for coaches and long vehicles is fairly obvious.”

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The lorry got stuck right next to the church on a tiny road and tried to reverse about 100 yards (90 metres) but got stuck in a bend. Mr York Moore said that despite much manoeuvring from the driver, the lorry found itself wedged in that bend and could not go anywhere.

He said in the end a huge recovery truck had to be called out to Ashford and managed to free the Tesco lorry. The lorry was rescued shortly after 9am so was stuck in the village for a good three to four hours.

(Image: David York Moore)

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The lorry being towed away

(Image: David York Moore)

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The small village of Ashford between Braunton and Barnstaple in North Devon where the articulated lorry from Tesco got stuck and had to be rescued by a recovery truck

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Police this morning said one person sustained “serious injuries” in the crash on the A361, in which the car ended up on its roof.

A police spokesperson said: “The car overturned. It had gone into poles which were holding cables. The primary focus has been on the vehicle and its occupants. But there is some road infrastructure damaged so we have been working with National Highways and the National Grid. One person is seriously injured.”

The A361 finally reopened shortly after 2pm. We have asked Tesco for a comment on the lorry getting stuck incident.

(Image: David York Moore)


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