M25 and A2 delays as lorry smashes through barrier and is left suspended over major road
A lorry that crashed through safety barriers has been left partially suspended above a major road. The HGV collided with the side of the M25 at Junction 2, where the motorway passes over the A2 near Dartford in Kent on Wednesday. Pictures showed part of the lorry’s trailer sticking out over the motorway as well as tyre marks on the road.
“Significant damage” has been caused and congestion stretched six miles approaching the Dartford Crossing, according to Highways England.
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CCTV captures wild elephant trespassing through school after hoursA hungry wild elephant was caught trespassing through school after-hours in Thailand. CCTV footage shows the jumbo rummaging through the bushes while looking for fruit at the Khao Wong Kot school in Chanthaburi province on April 2 at 3am. Most of the plants were trampled on by the animal, which even damaged the floor of the school building.
The four-tonne male elephant with 50cm-long ivory tusks has become notorious in the area as it had raided homes in the village and the school five times. School director Suwit Phoejak said he had ordered the fruit-bearing trees inside the school grounds to be cut back to prevent the animal from returning. He said: ‘The elephant wanted to eat the fruit from palm trees in our school.
We trimmed them down but the elephant just keeps on coming back.’ Some of the teachers who arrived at school early still saw the elephant lurking around the compound so they asked some volunteers to scare the animal away. Director Suwit said that he was worried that the elephant could raid the school during classes. He said: ‘I am concerned that the elephant could come during school hours and the children might be injured by him.’ Elephants are the national animal of Thailand.
An estimated 2,000 elephants are living in the wild and a similar number in captivity. In the wild, they roam through the deep jungle and in the country’s protected national parks but often encounter humans on roads and in villages. However, they are protected by laws and killing them carries a maximum prison term of up to three years and a fine of 1,000 baht (25GBP).Newsflare
- Hapless stray dog rescued after digging hole in sand and getting stuck A hapless stray dog was rescued after digging a deep hole in a mound of sand and getting stuck under it in Thailand.
The pooch was playing with the construction materials piled at a graveyard site when it fell into the hole in Chonburi province on April 4. Only its head was exposed while its body was trapped underground until a passing motorist noticed the animal crying. Thipharat Nuchthongkham was riding her motorcycle upon hearing the dog whimpering and called on nearby residents to help her find it.
The sound led them into the part of the graveyard that was under renovation where they found the stray dog stuck under the sand. As the dog appeared scared, the rider thought that it could bite them if they dug it out using bare hands so they looked for a tool for digging and found a hoe. She then used the hoe to remove sand around the animal while keeping a safe distance between them while she was digging.
When it was finally freed, Thipharat said the male dog quickly ran away but the residents had left some water nearby in case it returns. She said: ‘After being released, the dog quickly ran away. I saw that it was a male aged around one-year-old.
It appeared to be in shock and was scared when it saw us approaching. ‘He attempted to bite so we did not want to dig the soil while being close so we used the hoe. The sand would be used for the graveyard’s renovation. I think the dog was attracted to play in it.’Newsflare
- Tourists take pictures as huge chunks of ice wash up on river in northern China Tourists were spotted taking pictures of huge chunks of ice washing up on a river in northern China.
The video, shot in the city of Hulin in Heilongjiang Province on April 5, shows ice cracking on the frozen Ussuri River and chunks of ice flowing downstream. According to reports, the huge chunks of ice pushed a boat downstream and broke a light pole. Since the average temperature is lower than that in the same period last year, the date the frozen river started to melt is around three days later than last year.
The video was provided by local media with permission.Newsflare
Emergency services were called to the scene.
Parts of the M25 and A2 were closed while the incident was dealt with and drivers were asked to allow extra time for their journeys if travelling in the area or to consider alternative routes.
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