A12 burning lorry crash: Driver describes ‘scary’ scenes as smoke ‘covers’ road

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A driver on the A12 has described “scary” scenes after a lorry fell off a bridge and caught fire, “covering” the road with smoke. Arline Sloan, 35, of De Vere Road in Colchester, was driving on the A12 Northbound from Chelmsford[2] to Earls Colne at around 4.05pm today (February 8) to take her 11-year-old daughter Melissa to a swimming lesson. She said: “We got stuck near the second turn-off for Witham[3] as suddenly the traffic came to a halt.

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[4] “I thought nothing of it and then I looked up and saw a huge puff of black smoke covering the carriageway. Follow all the latest updates in our live blog
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“There were a lot of sirens and police. Everybody was getting out of their cars. It was quite scary.

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[6] “We can smell the smoke strongly. We have been sitting here for about an hour.”

Ms Sloan added that a number of emergency vehicles have past including “a lot of unmarked police cars” and around seven police motorbikes.

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  1. ^ Comments (0) (www.essexlive.news)
  2. ^ Chelmsford (essexlive.news)
  3. ^ Witham (essexlive.news)
  4. ^ A12 to be closed for several hours after lorry falls onto carriageway (www.essexlive.news)
  5. ^ live blog (www.essexlive.news)
  6. ^ A12 traffic: How to get home after burning lorry crash closes road near Witham (www.essexlive.news)

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