A WINSFORD truck driver who overturned his lorry after colliding with a Northwich railway bridge left the scene and was found wandering the streets nearly six hours later.
The man, who has not been named, suffered only minor injuries, along with concussion and shock, after the collision at 6.38am on Friday.
Investigations into the cause of the collision are ongoing after Chester Road in Castle was temporarily blocked and freight trains to Brunner Mond's sidings at Winnington delayed.
The man, a grandfather who lives in Biddulph, worked for Winsford-based firm S Cooper & Sons and a spokesman for the company said: 'We are still investigating what happened. It appears he hit the bridge at an angle and that is what caused the truck to overturn.
'He was not at the scene when we arrived and was found wandering the streets five-and-a-half hours later. He was suffering intense cold and was very disorientated - we were really worried for him, and so was his wife.'
The landlord of the Thatched Tavern pub, Geoffrey Metcalf, raised the alarm and police were called to the scene.
The pub was left without electricity and a freight train to Brunner Mond was delayed for more than 90 minutes as rail chiefs investigated.
A Network Rail spokesman said: 'Bridge strikes are a serious problem and cost the rail industry millions of pounds every year. We urge drivers of large vehicles to plan their routes carefully and be aware of the size of their vehicle.'
The driver was treated by paramedics before being transferred to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire.
The S Cooper spokesman added: 'The man concerned has been with the company for more than 15 years and has always been reliable and is a very well thought of employee.'