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A12 crash: Road remains closed after lorry falls from bridge and bursts into flames

The A12[1] remained partially closed on Thursday morning after a HGV lorry fell from a bridge and burst into flames. Emergency services rushed to the scene on Wednesday afternoon after a lorry veered off Colemans Bridge on to the southbound carriageway of the busy road. Five crews from Essex Fire and Rescue, police officers and an air ambulance attended the scene, and the East of England Ambulance Service said a man was being treated for injuries.

Emergency services crews were still on the scene more than five hours after the accident, the fire service said.

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

Motorists were warned to re-plan rush-hour journeys, with the southbound side between Marks Tey and Boreham in Essex[2] unlikely to reopen before lunchtime. Joe McCallum, from Essex, arrived in his van on the other side of the carriageway immediately after the crash and said part of the lorry container was on fire. A photo he posted on Twitter[3] showed a crumpled vehicle on the barriers of the carriageway below, spilling over into the road.

The 28-year-old van driver said he believed it was a lorry carrying frozen goods, but he could not see anything more due to its “mangled” state. He said he could not see anybody in the cab following the accident, which forced the closure of the A12 both ways between junction 19 at Boreham and junction 25 by Marks Tey. The northbound side was later reopened.

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.” Ms Willis said the emergency service response was “pretty instant” with numerous fire engines and police vehicles arriving swiftly.

Essex Police appealed for drivers who may have witnessed the accident or have dash cam footage to contact the force on 101.

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