Now that's a traffic jam: Lorry causes £115,000 of damage after driver follows satnav along narrow Tudor lane

By NICK ENOCH



Daniel Gyongyosi, 47, was delivering crates of olive oil to a Waitrose supermarket in Colchester, Essex when he took the wrong turn in his 30-tonne vehicle



A hapless lorry driver who caused more than £115,000 damage when he ignored warning signs and followed his satnav down a tiny street has escaped with a fine of just £40.

Daniel Gyongyosi, 47, was delivering crates of olive oil to a Waitrose supermarket in Colchester, Essex, when he took the wrong turn in his 30-tonne vehicle.

Residents were left stunned as the Hungarian's lorry jack-knifed on a tight corner before becoming stuck between Grade I-listed buildings in the town's historic Dutch Quarter, where several buildings date from the Tudor period.



Residents were left stunned as the Hungarian's lorry jack-knifed on a tight corner before becoming stuck between Grade I-listed buildings in the town's historic Dutch Quarter



As Gyongyosi tried to manoeuvre his rig free, one of the lorry's tyres exploded causing even more damage.

The 'momentary lapse in concentration' proved very costly - £80,000 of spilled olive oil, £15,000 damage to a 17th century house and Gyongyosi's £20,000 trailer was also written off.



Residents were told to stay indoors as emergency crews and contractors worked for more than 16 hours to free the stricken HGV



Grit normally used to tackle ice and snow during winter had to be laid on the road which was left slippery by the hundreds of litres of leaking olive oil.

Residents were told to stay indoors as emergency crews and contractors worked for more than 16 hours to free the stricken HGV.





It has emerged that Gyongyosi, who does not speak English, could not understand signs warning drivers that the road was too narrow for HGVs



It has emerged that Gyongyosi, who does not speak English, could not understand signs warning drivers that the road was too narrow for HGVs.

And despite the massive bill and chaos caused, he will have to hand over just £40 in fines.

Gyongyosi appeared at Colchester Magistrates' Court yesterday and admitted a charge of careless driving.

Evelyn Hicks, mitigating, said: 'He has fallen well below the standard of what is required of a competent and careful driver.



source: dailymail

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