Commuters in Bolton, near Manchester, were today left fuming when a major artery in and out of Bolton was blocked by a truck driver.
Arnie Tick, a truck driver of some thirty years had been following his SatNav to his next job when it directed him down a completely unsuitable route, with a narrow road and a low bridge.
"I was going down the A666 completely happily," said Tick beside his stranded truck. "The SatNav suddenly announced I had to turn right, so I did."
The right turn, onto Narrow Road (the name should have alerted him) turned out to be a mistake. The truck had got barely two feet in when Tick realised he was stuck. The low bridge meant he could not go forward and the high walls on either side of the eight feet wide road prevented him from reversing out again.
Traffic soon backed up the A666 in both directions with the articulated lorry completely blocking both carriageways. Noel Itall, an enterprising middle aged man believed he had the experience to help Tick out of his sticky situation, and proceeded to have the truck drive reverse and forward in minute increments until the truck was wedged like a cork in a bottle.
Police eventually arrived on the scene by coming up Narrow Road from the other end on mopeds, whilst the rescue services arrived on foot. In front of a large crowd of onlookers, for whom this was the most exiting thing to happen in Bolton since the traffic lights stuck, watched as the right hand wall on Narrow Street was removed, to the horror of the house's occupant, Mrs Gladys Verryold and the truck was extricated with the aid of heavy lifting equipment.
"SatNav's are a tool," said police inspector Phil Inns. "You should not follow them blindly."