ASHBOURNE has been brought to a standstill by three lorries towing massive dump trucks, which had to be turned round in the town’s Market Place.
The 45 tonne vehicles, each measuring four and-a-half metres wide were being hauled from a quarry in Dowlow to a quarry in Ballidon but had to make a diversion along the A515 to Ashbourne to change direction because there was no way the massive vehicles could make a tight turn on their way to the quarry entrance.
Derbyshire Police officers were brought in to close the Market Place at around 10am on Thursday while each of the escorted lorries, which were owned by Bedfordshire-based SA Smith Haulage, were manouvred down Buxton Hill, up Union Street and then backwards down the Market Place before they could set off to the B5056 and on to Ballidon.
The Komatsu trucks, which towered as high as some of the Market Place’s buildings, as these pictures sent in by Chris Newsome show.
Their journey to Ballidon was completed by 1pm, after the convoy set off from Dowlow, near Buxton, at 9.30am.