Steel girders were left strewn across a main road in Shropshire when a lorry shed its load on a roundabout.
The metal bars came crashing down onto the A53 at the Muller roundabout in Market Drayton.
Police said nobody was hurt in the incident, which happened just before 10am yesterday. But thanks to a passing motorist, who used a specialised vehicle to help clear the metal from the carriageway, there were no long tailbacks and the road was back to normal within a matter of minutes.
Richard Ewels, West Mercia Police spokesman, said: “A lorry shed its load of steel girders on the Muller roundabout, and the road was blocked for a short time, about 15 minutes. Traffic was held up until a passer-by used a lifting device on his vehicle to clear the metal from the road, so the road was quickly reopened.”
Mr Ewels added that nobody was hurt in the incident, and none of the girders had hit any other traffic when they fell on to the road from the Mercedes dropside lorry.
“Police did attend but the road was cleared very quickly thanks to the passing motorist who helped at the scene,” he added.