Engineers assess rail bridge after transporter carrying £30k Range Rovers smashes into it

A car transporter carrying several vehicles collided with a railway bridge today causing major disruption to rush-hour traffic.

The transporter – operated by vehicle haulage firm Carlson – struck the bridge on Marshall Place in Perth around 8am.

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One of the damaged cars on the transporter.

It had been carrying a payload of apparently new cars, including a Range Rover Evoque SUV – worth at least £30,000 – which had its roof torn off by the impact.

Police were directing traffic around the lorry as Network Rail engineers assessed the extent of the damage.

A spokeswoman for Network Rail said trains were able to run at a reduced speed of about 5mph while inquiries are carried out.

She said: “Shortly after 8am, Police Scotland reported that a car transporter had struck a railway bridge on Marshall Place in Perth.

“Network Rail engineers will carry out an examination of the bridge and trains are currently running at a reduced speed over the bridge.

“There may be some delays to services between Perth and Barnhill. Network Rail would like to apologise for any disruption this incident is causing and thank passengers for their patience.”

Police confirmed no one was injured.

A spokesman for Carlson, which is based in Essex, said: “We are in the very early stages of our investigations.”