This is why the A38 is going to be SHUT for so long after lorry shed its load

Highways bosses have revealed why a major route near Burton has been closed most of the day and until at least 9pm tonight after a lorry overturned. Part of the A38 has been closed since 10.45am today 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.

It was initially reported that it was sand scattered on the road, but it has now been confirmed it was grain. The lorry trailer ended up on its side, blocking both lanes of the southbound side heading towards Alrewas. The northbound side was also closed as grain spilled in this side too.

It then reopened but has since closed again while the clean up work is carried out.

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According to Highways England, the incident is taking hours to clear due to “a number of factors”, including getting hold of specialist lifting equipment to remove the damaged truck. The road is expected to return to normal around 9pm tonight, said a spokesman. A spokesman said it has had to locate the specialist equipment to remove the lorry, then it has to remove the large amount of grain and carry out repairs on the central barrier, which was damaged in the incident.

Sand across one side of the road

Senior network planner at Highways England, Frank Bird said: “This incident is extremely challenging because we are dealing with a number of factors.

In order to remove the overturned lorry from the road, we had to source specialist lifting equipment. “There is also a significant spillage of grain on both sides of the road and this needs to be removed. “We also need to carry out extensive barrier repairs in the middle of the road as it has been badly damaged.

This work needs to be done for safety reasons and we will reopen the road fully once it is safe to do so. “We have a short diversion route in operation and we’d like to thank motorists for their patience.”

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Traffic continues to be impacted between Burton and Barton. Traffic is being diverted on and off using the slip roads at Branston and Barton, via Tatenhill.

Bus services were also hit, with coach firm Midland Classic reporting delays to its 812 and X12 lines, which have had to divert off the A38 and through Tatenhill.

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

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