30 years ago today: Bootham footbridge hit by lorry carrying an excavator

The picture taken on August 21, 1984, of the accident outside St Peter’s School

The picture taken on August 21, 1984, of the accident outside St Peter’s School

First published in News

DO YOU remember this dramatic accident in York?

It happened 30 years ago today, when a lorry carrying an excavator hit the footbridge outside St Peter’s School and brought it crashing down.

A woman cyclist escaped being hit by the falling bridge by inches, and a Ford Capri parked nearby also narrowly missed being struck.

The picture was discovered in our library during a recent reorganisation. We have scanned in several hundred more pictures and will be gradually uploading them to our website over the coming weeks.

We have also been publishing a series of galleries of photographs of York in the 1950s and 1960s.

Visit yorkpress.co.uk/history to see the latest additions and to share your memories of York in years gone by.

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10:14am Thu 21 Aug 14

again says...

How about a footbridge between York College and Tesco? I am sure if Tesco funded it, it would soon pay for itself.
How about a footbridge between York College and Tesco? I am sure if Tesco funded it, it would soon pay for itself. again
  • Score: 27

10:48am Thu 21 Aug 14

Dave Ruddock says...

and 30 years on ar thy reinforcing St Peters bridge ??
and 30 years on ar thy reinforcing St Peters bridge ?? Dave Ruddock
  • Score: -8

11:05am Thu 21 Aug 14

Half Soldier says...

Dave Ruddock wrote:
and 30 years on ar thy reinforcing St Peters bridge ??
I think they're taking it down... The main part of it has gone and there are zig zag lines painted so it looks like there's going to be a pedestrian crossing in its place.
[quote][p][bold]Dave Ruddock[/bold] wrote: and 30 years on ar thy reinforcing St Peters bridge ??[/p][/quote]I think they're taking it down... The main part of it has gone and there are zig zag lines painted so it looks like there's going to be a pedestrian crossing in its place. Half Soldier
  • Score: -3

1:57pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Yorkie41 says...

I can remember making the steps for this bridge about 50 years ago, it was made at Concrete Services part of the Shepherds group at New Lane Huntington. there where two of us that where put to work making this project.
I can remember making the steps for this bridge about 50 years ago, it was made at Concrete Services part of the Shepherds group at New Lane Huntington. there where two of us that where put to work making this project. Yorkie41
  • Score: 14

2:01pm Thu 21 Aug 14

franthom says...

again wrote:
How about a footbridge between York College and Tesco? I am sure if Tesco funded it, it would soon pay for itself.
Or a tunnel would be better as the road is already raised up. This is much needed as the traffic is frequently backed up from the crossing lights to the park and ride sites (both old and new).
[quote][p][bold]again[/bold] wrote: How about a footbridge between York College and Tesco? I am sure if Tesco funded it, it would soon pay for itself.[/p][/quote]Or a tunnel would be better as the road is already raised up. This is much needed as the traffic is frequently backed up from the crossing lights to the park and ride sites (both old and new). franthom
  • Score: 16

2:01pm Thu 21 Aug 14

T.R.M1974 says...

No
No T.R.M1974
  • Score: 7

7:49pm Thu 21 Aug 14

23rdApril1966 says...

T.R.M1974 wrote:
No
Despite your -2 you certainly made me chuckle! Thanks.
[quote][p][bold]T.R.M1974[/bold] wrote: No[/p][/quote]Despite your -2 you certainly made me chuckle! Thanks. 23rdApril1966
  • Score: 4

12:29pm Fri 22 Aug 14

MandyfromYork says...

The woman cyclist was actually my mum. Do you have any more photos or the actual press clipping as I would love to see it.
The woman cyclist was actually my mum. Do you have any more photos or the actual press clipping as I would love to see it. MandyfromYork
  • Score: 5

12:41pm Fri 22 Aug 14

ouseswimmer says...

This bridge has always been an eyesore.
This bridge has always been an eyesore. ouseswimmer
  • Score: -6

1:43pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Willieeckerslike says...

Wow 30 yrs ago.
Wow 30 yrs ago. Willieeckerslike
  • Score: 5

10:27am Sat 23 Aug 14

Madasanibbotson says...

franthom wrote:
again wrote:
How about a footbridge between York College and Tesco? I am sure if Tesco funded it, it would soon pay for itself.
Or a tunnel would be better as the road is already raised up. This is much needed as the traffic is frequently backed up from the crossing lights to the park and ride sites (both old and new).
Perhaps if things reverted to the old days when "students" were in College at 9am and left at 4pm then traffic could flow during the day. At present they seem to spend very little time actually studying.

Combination of little work and junk food from Tesco's will hardly put them at the forefront of job seekers.
[quote][p][bold]franthom[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]again[/bold] wrote: How about a footbridge between York College and Tesco? I am sure if Tesco funded it, it would soon pay for itself.[/p][/quote]Or a tunnel would be better as the road is already raised up. This is much needed as the traffic is frequently backed up from the crossing lights to the park and ride sites (both old and new).[/p][/quote]Perhaps if things reverted to the old days when "students" were in College at 9am and left at 4pm then traffic could flow during the day. At present they seem to spend very little time actually studying. Combination of little work and junk food from Tesco's will hardly put them at the forefront of job seekers. Madasanibbotson
  • Score: -1
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