Gardai in Laois arrested a driver after he crashed into a bridge in Portlaoise yesterday.
The incident happened yesterday afternoon at the notorious railway bridge which has been the scene of several crashes over the years.
Gardai say the driver in question was following sat nav instructions and was unfamiliar with the route.
However, the driver was also unaware of the height of the trailer which ultimately caused the crash.
Gardai said: “Laois Roads Policing Unit attended the scene of a Bridge Strike in Portlaoise Town.
“The driver of the articulated truck was unfamiliar with the area and was following Sat Nav directions.
“The driver was also unaware of the height of their trailer resulting in the collision.
“This resulted in heavy traffic congestion in Portlaoise until the bridge was inspected and deemed safe by Iarnród Eireann’s engineers and before the scene could be cleared.
“The driver was arrested for dangerous driving and charged to appear in Court.
“All drivers are reminded to familiarise themselves with their vehicle and trailer heights and not to be overly reliant on Sat Nav’s to avoid this type of incident.”