Van driver creates havoc in underground car park

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AN amazing video shows the driver of a van hitting and breaking overhead pipes in an underground car park.

The motorist collides with the first obstacle but rather than stopping to summon help carries on and hits at least five other pipes.

One of the pipes immediately starts gushing water onto the floor of the car park in Glasgow but the driver fails to stop even after this disaster.

The culprit, who lives in the residential apartments above the car park, later came forward to admit the damage and offer to pay the considerable repair bill which is likely to run into thousands of pounds.

It remains unclear how the white Ford Transit, which is almost 20cm higher than the 2.3m height restriction, got into the Glasgow Harbour Terrace car park in the first place.

But the resident was moving furniture and it is possible the van was much lower on its suspension when it entered than on leaving.

The motorist collides with the first obstacle but rather than stopping to summon help carries on and hits at least five other pipes.
The motorist collides with the first obstacle but rather than stopping to summon help carries on and hits at least five other pipes.

The bizarre incident took place on November 1 and was captured on video by James Newton, who said: “Think you’re having a bad day? Try being a delivery driver that can’t read height restrictions.”

The video opens with the van reversing out of a parking bay, screeching as the roof of the vehicle scrapes against the ceiling.

As they begin to drive towards the exit, the driver brakes only slightly while the van’s suspension is compressed beneath an overhead pipe.

The culprit, who lives in the residential apartments above the car park, later came forward to admit the damage and offer to pay the considerable repair bill which is likely to run into thousands of pounds.
The culprit, who lives in the residential apartments above the car park, later came forward to admit the damage and offer to pay the considerable repair bill which is likely to run into thousands of pounds.

There is a crunching and groaning noise heard as the driver appears to realise what is happening, swerving to the left in an attempt to avoid the pipes.

A gush of water is then seen coming out of one of the stricken pipes. Almost at the exit, the van hits another set of pipes, causing a further gush of water and debris to fall from the ceiling.

Finally at the exit the driver is seen speeding out of the garage, clearly eager to get away.

A spokesman for Scotland’s Worst Drivers, who obtained the footage, said:

“Every driver should be aware of the height of their vehicle, especially when driving a van or HGV.

“There are no excuses that this driver could use as I understand there is a sign, clearly stating the maximum headroom as 2.3 metres – a standard Ford Transit LWB is 2.49 metres in height.

“This is a clear case of dangerous driving which has caused obvious damage to pipework and ceiling of the car park.”

Google street view of the underground garage
Google street view of the underground garage

The car park is managed by Newton Property Management who said the incident had been dealt with after the driver, who lives in the building, came forward.

A spokesman said: “A resident in the building was moving furniture and came forward within 24 hours after the incident. CCTV filmed the driver, but we didn’t need it as they came forward.

“We’ve handled the matter now and have had a plumber in to fix the damage caused.

“The resident admitted what had happened and will foot the bill through their insurance, so no other residents will incurr any costs.”

 
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