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A12 accident: Driver dies after lorry plunges from bridge in Essex

A driver has died after his lorry plunged from a bridge and burst into flames on the A12[1], Essex Police said. The vehicle veered off Colemans Bridge onto the southbound carriageway of the busy dual-carriageway in Witham, Essex[2], on Wednesday afternoon. Police have confirmed the driver, a man in his 30s, was pronounced dead shortly after the incident which happened at around 3.45pm.

His next of kin have been informed. The A12 remained partially closed on Thursday morning with motorists warned to re-plan their rush hour journeys.

lorryessex0802a.jpgScene: Thick plumes of smoke were seen billowing across the carriageway ([email protected]_)

Essex Police warned the southbound side between Marks Tey and Boreham may not reopen until after lunchtime. Five crews from Essex Fire and Rescue, police officers and an air ambulance attended the scene for more than five hours following the incident.

Chloe Willis, 20, was in a car travelling to a hockey match with friends and “about five seconds away” from the accident. The psychology student said “black smoke covered the sky” as the lorry caught fire. She said: “We had to come to an emergency stop as soon as we saw this lorry turned on its side.

“A big puff of black smoke covered the sky and all the people in cars started to panic. “You could see where the barriers on the bridge had broken when the lorry had come through.” An Essex Police spokesman said: “A man has died following an RTC on near Witham at J22 of the A12.

“It happened shortly before 3.45pm yesterday when an HGV lorry came off Coleman’s Bridge and landed on the southbound side of the A12, where it then caught fire. “The driver, a man in his 30s, was pronounced dead shortly afterwards by the ambulance service.” They said a “multi-agency recovery operation” was still ongoing.

“Officers are investigating the circumstances leading up to the collision and would appeal for anyone who saw what may have happened who has not already contacted police to get in touch,” they added.

Anybody that can help is asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on Essex Police 101 or email [email protected]

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  1. ^ A12 (www.standard.co.uk)
  2. ^ Essex (www.standard.co.uk)
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