Cement lorry ends up in river after overturning in Sussex crash

The A259 near Rye has been closed after a cement lorry overturned causing a spillage. Rother Police has confirmed the single-vehicle crash occurred in East Guldeford. Police say the 32-tonne lorry overturned on the bend and took out the crash barrier before rolling into the river.

The driver fortunately escaped with minor injuries. Officers closed the road at 10.30am this morning (August 11), and expect it to remain shut between Skinners Roundabout and Brenzett until 6pm while recovery work is completed. A diversion route has been put in place for westbound traffic from the A2070 Brenzett Roundabout onto the B2080 towards Appledore.

READ MORE: New Met Office maps of East and West Sussex areas at 'exceptional' wildfire risk during heatwave Prior to entering Appledore, by Rhee Wall it will be directed into Military Road where it will travel towards Rye, where it will exit Military Road onto the A268 (Fish Market Road) south bound towards the A259 New Road roundabout where it can resume. Eastbound traffic will travel the reverse of this route.

Eastbound traffic is being directed the reverse of this route. The full statement from Rother Police reads: "Today RPU have attended a single vehicle RTC on the A259 at East Guldeford involving a cement lorry with a total weight of 32 tons. The vehicle has overturned on the bend and taken out the crash barrier, rolling into the river upside down, fortunately the driver escaped with minor injuries.

"Recovery has been called to the scene to recover the vehicle. The road has been closed since 10:30am and is likely to stay closed until at least 6pm with diversions in place." Do you want the latest news from across Sussex delivered straight to your inbox? Click here to subscribe to our newsletter

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