Shocking footage shows the moment a truck struck a ticket booth and destroyed it, leaving three injured workers trapped in the wreckage.
The ticket kiosk at the Red Funnel terminal in Southampton, Hampshire completely collapsed on workers on Monday.
In footage recorded by a nearby ferry webcam, the back of a heavy truck cuts through the building and clears it as it tries to enter the parking lot.
Shocking footage shows the moment a truck hit a ticket booth and destroyed it, leaving three injured workers trapped in the wreckage
Dozens of spectators rush through the parking lot to the collapsed cabin to help those inside.
The injuries sustained by ticket office employees as a result of the incident are not believed to be significant.
The rear of the truck collided with the roof of the building, which began to twist, causing the walls to collapse.
The truck stops but the damage is already done and in a short time the roof of the ticket office collapses.
A spokesperson for Red Funnel said: “Three colleagues from Red Funnel were inside a check-in kiosk which was struck by a heavy weight this afternoon.
The ticket kiosk at the Red Funnel terminal in Southampton, Hampshire, completely collapsed on workers on Monday
“Our priority is the safety of our team members and passengers, and although there are no significant injuries, the police and ambulance services are present as a precaution. “
It comes after truck drivers could be banned from the road if they hit low bridges after railroad bosses expressed concerns about service disruptions caused by negligent truckers.
Network Rail said bridge strikes cost around £ 23million a year and seek to recover damages from heavy truck operators involved in preventable accidents.
The infrastructure manager said he would report accidents to traffic commissioners for Britain, who have the power to revoke licenses.
Truck drivers reached 1,624 in the 12 months to March alone – more than four a day, despite lower traffic during closures.
The driver criticized the GPS for taking them on routes with bridges too low for their vehicles.
In footage recorded by a nearby ferry webcam, the back of a heavy truck cuts through the building and erases it as it tries to enter the parking lot
But railroad bosses have little sympathy for drivers, arguing that it is their responsibility to know the height of their trucks.
Network Rail chief executive Sir Peter Hendy told The Times: “A truck or bus hitting a railway bridge is not an accident.
“It is a failure of operators and professional drivers to properly plan their routes and know the height of their vehicles, and can cause death and serious injury to road users, delays for road and rail travelers,” and could cause a catastrophic train accident.
A truck driver got stuck (pictured) when he tried to squeeze his truck under a low rail bridge in Surrey
“Network Rail seeks to recover the full costs of these incidents from operators and drivers, and also reports them all to the traffic marshals for review of the application and revocation of the license. “
Rod McKenzie, general manager of policy and public affairs at the Road Haulage Association, added that specialized GPS already allows drivers to program at the height of their vehicles, which means they can avoid accidents.
The costliest incident last year was when a truck struck a bridge in Haymarket, Edinburgh on January 30 at a cost of £ 155,690.