Good news – A38 near Burton has now reopened after lorry overturned

The A38 has now reopened and traffic is back to normal after being closed for most of the day due to an overturned lorry. Part of the A38 was closed since 10.45am yesterday (Tuesday) after a lorry overturned on the southbound side of the busy dual carriageway near the junction of the  A5121 Branston Interchange . This saw around 28-tonnes of grain scatter across both sides of the dual carriageway and led to miles of queuing traffic across the town and surrounding villages, including Barton under Needwood and Tatenhill as the traffic was diverted.

The lorry trailer ended up on its side, blocking both lanes of the southbound side heading towards Alrewas.

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Although the northbound side was reopened before rush-hour traffic, the southbound carriageway remained closed for rest of the night.

As a result of the major clean-up operation, which included getting hold of specialist lifting equipment to remove the damaged truck, the road was closed until around midnight, with drivers being forced to find alternative routes to get about.

Emergency services, including West Midlands Ambulance Service and Staffordshire Police were called to the scene at the time of the incident to deal with one male patient, thought to be the lorry driver.

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