The driver of a huge lorry thought he could find Santa Pod by following Souldrop’s Back Lane on Tuesday afternoon. Ignoring the sign for a weak bridge, he preferred to believe his Sat-Nav than take responsible precautions on the road. Once he had driven up to the gates at Colworth he decided to open a farm gate and trespass on the farmers field at Windmill Hill in a bid to turn his enormous lorry around and return to the main road.
The farmer watched on incredulously after being alerted by neighbours of a 30 ton truck stuck in her field where sheep are grazing. The lorry had attempted to circle round the pasture land before becoming stuck tight in the mud about half way round. A tow truck at the scene also struggled in the mud to free the lorry.
People of Souldrop have made countless home-made signs to alert drivers, but these have been absent recently. It is known that one was destroyed by council workers strimming Back Lane last year.
Despite numerous requests for official signs to inform drivers, the traffic authorities has declined to supply one sign. Perhaps some insurance claims should be made to the the traffic authorities for time lost at work by the Souldrop farming community not to mention compensation for damage done to pasture land?
Either way – it is not recommended that drivers attempt to gain access to Santa Pod across country!
At the time of writing it was unclear whether or not the truck rescue was successful.