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Lorry driven by lost Polishman following sat-nav gets wedged in tiny Devon lane – and police can't shift it
Articulated lorry got stuck after its driver followed sat-nav through lanes
15:36 GMT, 19 December 2012
A huge lorry driven by a Polish man following his sat-nav has been wedged in a country lane since last night because rescuers cannot shift it.
The Blue Man lorry and its empty trailer got stuck in the narrow Devon lane at 11.30pm yesterday on its way to Lee Moor, six miles away.
The helpless driver told police his clutch failed as he negotiated the country lanes late at night.
No going back: The huge articulated lorry is wedged fore and aft in the narrow Devon lane
Not an ideal route: The Polish driver was following directions from his sat-nav when he got stuck last night
Tight fit: The lorry is jammed between steep banks
'The road was slippery and the trailer slid out and that was it, it was stuck,' he said.
Police were called to the scene and failed to help shift the vehicle, so a recovery truck was called at 3am.
That was unable to pull out the Polish-registered lorry, so a different recovery truck was called just before 10am today.
At lunchtime today the lorry was still jammed fast, and police were directing motorists to take other routes because their path was blocked.
A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall police said: 'We would ask motorists to avoid the area because some members of the public are still trying to get though and they won't get far.'
Police have shut the road in all directions around the Blackeven Hill junction and say they expect the closures to be in place for most of the day until the lorry can be moved.
Road closed: Police tried to help move the lorry but the road was still blocked at lunchtime