Road remains closed after machinery falls off lorry on A34

A major Staffordshire road remains closed after a 100-tonne piece of heavy machinery fell off a lorry onto a roundabout. The load hit a set of traffic lights on the A34 Queensway, Stafford, near the junction with North Walls, yesterday afternoon. The road remains closed as work takes place to recover the load - with a specialist crane currently on site.

Now Staffordshire County Council are urging motorists to continue to avoid the area as work continues to get the load back onto the lorry. Helen Fisher, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport at Staffordshire County Council said: "Our highways crews and specialist contractors have been dealing with the incident throughout the day to get the load lifted off the road and back onto the lorry. "Once the load has been recovered safely, our highway inspectors will be checking the road and bridge to ensure that no damage has been done. 

"This is unfortunately leading to congestion in the area this afternoon and I would urge motorists to avoid the area until the road has been cleared and is safe to reopen."

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 Drivers in the area are reporting nothing is moving in areas of Stafford as a result.

Inrix, the traffic data company, reports:  "Congestion to Tesco Esso Express in Rising Brook on the A449, Lichfield Road, Newport Road and Chell Road are also struggling."

Yesterday police confirmed no one had been injured or arrested following the accident.

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