A Mount Druitt truck driver’s serious error in judgement created havoc on one of Sydney’s busiest roads this morning.
The man, 28, faces a date in court and a $2238 fine after he allegedly ignored a low clearance sign at the airport tunnel on General Holmes Drive, Mascot on Thursday.
A spokesperson for Traffic and Highway Patrol Command said the over-sized truck wiped out the tunnel’s sprinkler system about 6.40am, and collided with several metal bollards hanging from the roof.
“The vehicle entered the airport tunnel, colliding with the roof, and causing major damage to the sprinkler system and minor damage to the roof,” a spokesperson said.
“The vehicle was intercepted by RMS and Highway Patrol shortly after.”
South-bound traffic was backed up for about four kilometres during peak-hour on following the incident.
Police said the man was driving from Port Botany to Mount Druitt at the time.
Measured at 4.75 metres, the vehicle was well above the height limit of 4.4 metres. The truck was carrying an electric generator stored in a wooden crate.
The driver would have passed several warning signs and ignored an alarm to have made it into the tunnel, according to Traffic and Highway Patrol Command.
The offence carries a loss of six demerit points.
”Further compensation will be followed up after the repair of the roof and sprinkler system by the RMS,” the spokesperson said.