Major disruption for motorists after A55 lorry crash shuts stretch for 12 hours

Motorists experienced traffic chaos on the A55 this morning after a lorry crash last night shut a stretch of the road for 12 hours. Drivers experienced tailbacks of more than five miles after the westbound carriageway was closed between Abergele and Llanddulas following the incident at 9pm (March 10). The driver of the lorry, which was transporting bales of hay, was taken to hospital but no information was available on his condition.

Police are now appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Overturned lorry shuts A55 westbound at Abergele. Image: David Powell

A spokesman said: “We are appealing for witnesses to the incident where the Nolan Transport artic HGV overturned onto its side approximately half a mile past Junction 24 ( Abergele off-slip) at about 9pm.”

Paramedics and firefighters were called to the scene, with fire crews using a technical rescue unit to help free the driver. A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesman said they sent a rapid response vehicle and ambulance to the scene, and the driver was taken to Ysbyty Glan Clwyd in Bodelwyddan.

Major disruption for motorists after A55 lorry crash shuts stretch for 12 hoursOverturned lorry shuts A55 westbound at Abergele.

Image: David Powell

Police last night warned the road was likely to remain closed until around 6am, but the carriageway remained shut until 9am. Huge queues built up through the morning, with motorists at an effective standstill for hours.

Major disruption for motorists after A55 lorry crash shuts stretch for 12 hoursTraffic on the A55 westbound at St George

Traffic was diverted through Abergele . One lane of the road was reopened at 9am but long delays remained for motorists trying to get past the scene, with the both lanes open by around 12.30pm.

The Welsh Government, which manages the road, has responded to frustrations of motorists questioning why the recovery operation took such a long time.

Major disruption for motorists after A55 lorry crash shuts stretch for 12 hoursLorry recovered from scene of crash on the A55 near Abergele

A spokesman said: “Following an incident in which a HGV overturned at around 9pm last night, it was necessary to close the westbound carriageway between J24 Abergele and J23 Llanddulas, initially for police investigation. “The resulting recovery operation to remove the HGV has been complex due to the nature of the incident and taken longer than first anticipated. “Implementing the contraflow system would have additionally adversely affected the eastbound carriageway compared to a lane one closure westbound and as such only diversions were put in place.

One lane opened earlier this morning and the carriageway was fully reopened by lunchtime.”

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