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A140 to stay closed until evening after truck crash nearly 24 hours ago

The crane truck overturned yesterday on the A140 in Earl Stonham. Two people were inside but escaped without injury. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

The crane truck overturned yesterday on the A140 in Earl Stonham. Two people were inside but escaped without injury. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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The A140 is expected remain closed at Earl Stonham until this evening – which will be more than 24 hours after a 55 tonne crane overturned damaging the road.

The A140 has been completely blocked at Earl Stonham since the accident yesterday afternoon. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNThe A140 has been completely blocked at Earl Stonham since the accident yesterday afternoon. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Police officers were called to the scene shortly after 2.30pm on Monday, October 26, after the crane truck crashed near the A1120 junction.

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A garden wall was completely demolished and teams from Suffolk Highways have been on site throughout the night and today carrying out repairs to the damaged road.

It was initially estimated work would be complete by 10am this morning, however almost 24 hours after the accident the road is still closed.

A spokesperson for the authority said: “Following the incident which occurred yesterday afternoon, resulting in the temporary road closure of A140; our teams have been on site to complete road and footway repairs along with ensuring the road is clear of hazardous oils from the vehicle.

“We are working hard to have the road reopened this evening; although we are unable to provide exact details at this time.

“For updates, please visit @SuffolkPolice and @Suff_highways”

Diversions are currently in place through Forward Green onto the A14 at Stowmarket and drivers have been asked to avoid the area if possible.

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A140 at Earl Stonham still closed after truck crash

The A140 is still closed after a crane truck overturned in the carriageway in Earl Stonham yesterday afternoon. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

The A140 is still closed after a crane truck overturned in the carriageway in Earl Stonham yesterday afternoon. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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The A140 is expected to remain closed at Earl Stonham well into this morning, after a 55 tonne truck crashed into a garden wall yesterday afternoon.

The A140 is expected to remain closed well into the morning, with police estimating it will not reopen until 10am. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNThe A140 is expected to remain closed well into the morning, with police estimating it will not reopen until 10am. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Police were called shortly after 2.30pm on Monday, October 26, following reports a crane truck had overturned near the junction with the A1120.

The truck is thought to have crashed into two garden walls and a telegraph pole, coming to a halt on its side across both lanes.

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No other vehicles were involved in the crash and neither of the two people in the truck suffered any injuries.

A spokesman for Suffolk police said the road is expected to be reopened at around 10am, meaning the key route will stay closed through rush hour.

Yesterday afternoon traffic was seen stretching back as far as the A14 and more congestion is likely this morning.

A spokesperson for Suffolk Highways said: “The A140 at Stonham Aspal remains closed this morning following an incident with a large mobile crane, which blocked the carriageway yesterday.

“Suffolk Highways have been on site throughout the night to remove the crane, but the road requires some repair work today.

“There are diversions in place through Forward Green onto the A14 at Stowmarket, but drivers are asked to avoid the area if possible while the road remains closed.”

As of 7am, the road will have been closed for more than 16 hours.

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A140 traffic: Road blocked after crane truck overturns in Earl Stonham

The crane truck hit two garden fences and a telegraph pole Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

The crane truck hit two garden fences and a telegraph pole Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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The A140 is currently blocked in both directions after a crane truck overturned in the carriageway in Earl Stonham.

Police were called to the road shortly after 2.30pm, following reports that the truck had overturned near to the junction with the A1120.

It is understood the truck – which is said to weigh 55 tonnes – also collided with two garden walls and a telegraph pole.

A police spokeswoman said two people inside the truck have not suffered any injuries.

No other vehicles were involved.

One resident, whose garden wall was hit, said the junction has been an One resident, whose garden wall was hit, said the junction has been an “accident waiting to happen” Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Highways England crews have arrived at the scene to help assist in clearing an oil spill caused by the accident – although police have been unable to confirm when the scene will be cleared.

Traffic is currently stretching as far back as the A14.


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Police name lorry driver who died following A14 collision

Lorries tailed back for miles on the A14 following the collision Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

Lorries tailed back for miles on the A14 following the collision Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

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A lorry driver who died following a collision on the A14 at Rougham on Tuesday has been named by police.

Craig Keeble, aged 48, of Colchester, was pronounced dead at the scene of the incident, which happened just before 9.45am on Tuesday August 25.

His identity is subject to confirmation at formal inquest proceedings.

Police were called just before 9.45am to reports of a collision involving two lorries on the eastbound carriageway.

Ambulance and fire crews were also in attendance, along with a critical care team from the Suffolk Accident Rescue Service (SARS).

The driver of the other lorry was taken to West Suffolk Hospital but did not sustain any serious injuries.

The eastbound carriageway was closed between junctions 43 and 45 for almost 11 hours, reopening at around 8.40pm, to allow for a collision investigation to take place and for the recovery of both lorries.

Mr Keeble’s gym, Anytime Fitness Colchester paid tribute to him on Facebook, describing him as a “truly amazing” person.

“He talked to absolutely everyone in the gym & if you didn’t know his name you most definitely knew who he was anyway because he had a habit of just talking, talking, talking to everyone,” read the post.

Police are continuing to appeal for any witnesses to the collision to come forward – including anyone who may have travelled along the road in either direction just prior to the incident and has a dash cam in their vehicle.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit either by emailing SCIU@suffolk.pnn.police.uk or calling 101, and quoting reference CAD 71 of August 25.


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Man dies in A14 lorry crash at Rougham

Lorries tailed back for miles on the A14 following the collision Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

Lorries tailed back for miles on the A14 following the collision Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

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Police have confirmed a man in his 40s has died following a collision between two lorries on the A14 near Rougham this morning.

Suffolk police were called just before 9.45am after receiving reports of a collision on the eastbound carriageway of the A14, just outside Bury St Edmunds.

The eastbound carriageway has remained closed ever since, resulting in miles of tailbacks.

Police did temporarily close the westbound carrigeway, but it reopened at around 11am.

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Ambulance and fire crews were also in attendance, along with a critical care team from the Suffolk Accident Rescue Service.

Police have now confirmed a man in his 40s died at the scene following the incident.

Another driver involved in the collision was taken to West Suffolk Hospital for a check-up, but did not sustain any serious injuries.

The eastbound carriageway is likely to remain closed for the rest of the day while a collision investigation is carried out and the vehicles are recovered.

Any witnesses to the collision – including anyone with dash cam footage – are asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit at Suffolk police on 101, quoting reference CAD 71 of August 25.

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