A14 reopens after lorry crash near Orwell Bridge blocks road for hours

PUBLISHED: 10:54 21 January 2020 | UPDATED: 11:00 21 January 2020

Will Jefford[1]

A lorry has been cleared after jack-knifing on the A14. Picture: GO FREIGHT TRANSPORT

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The A14 has reopened after a crash between two HGVs blocked the road for more than four hours.

A lorry has been cleared after jack-knifing on the A14. Picture: HIGHWAYS ENGLANDA lorry has been cleared after jack-knifing on the A14. Picture: HIGHWAYS ENGLAND

Suffolk police were initially called to reports of a jack-knifed lorry on the A14 westbound between junction 57 at Nacton Heath and junction 56 at Wherstead.

The westbound carriageway was closed and Highways England said on their website that it would remain closed until 3pm however the lorry was cleared earlier than expected at 10.45am. Debris was scattered across the road and Highways England officials assisted with clearing the road, saying there was a spillage across the carriageway. The driver of one of the lorries has been taken to hospital for a check up however he is not believed to be seriously injured.

A lorry has been cleared after jack-knifing on the A14.
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pPicture: HIGHWAYS ENGLANDA lorry has been cleared after jack-knifing on the A14. Picture: HIGHWAYS ENGLAND

MORE: Traffic chaos in Ipswich after A14 closure[2] The closure caused traffic chaos across Ipswich, with drivers reporting long delays on nearly every other major route in and out of the town.

There were also long delays on the A14, with traffic queueing for miles back to junction 58 - the Seven Hills roundabout. Westbound motorists were advised to take junction 58 through Ipswich and onto the Copdock interchange.

A lorry has been cleared after jack-knifing on the A14. Picture: HIGHWAYS ENGLANDA lorry has been cleared after jack-knifing on the A14.

Picture: HIGHWAYS ENGLAND

There was also a two vehicle crash underneath the Orwell Bridge in The Strand. The crash closed the Ipswich-bound carriageway of the road and an ambulance was called to the scene. However, there were not believed to be any serious injuries.

There were also traffic problems on many roads across Ipswich. There were long delays in Wherstead Road, Nacton Road and Felixstowe Road, as well as London Road and Norwich Road.

A lorry has been cleared after jack-knifing on the A14. Picture: HIGHWAYS ENGLANDA lorry has been cleared after jack-knifing on the A14.

Picture: HIGHWAYS ENGLAND

Drivers also reported delays on the A12 northbound at Copdock.

The A14 was closed westbound after a jack-knifed lorry blocked the road causing long delays. Picture: HIGHWAYS ENGLANDThe A14 was closed westbound after a jack-knifed lorry blocked the road causing long delays. Picture: HIGHWAYS ENGLANDA lorry crashwhich has closed a carriageway on the A14 has caused traffic chaos across Ipswich.
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pPicture: AAA lorry crashwhich has closed a carriageway on the A14 has caused traffic chaos across Ipswich.

Picture: AA

References

  1. ^ Will Jefford (www.ipswichstar.co.uk)
  2. ^ MORE: Traffic chaos in Ipswich after A14 closure (www.ipswichstar.co.uk)

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