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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.

MORE: A140 blocked after 55 tonne crane truck overturns and hits garden walls

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 crane crash: Locals react to Earl Stonham accident

The A140 is currently blocked in both directions after a crane truck overturned in the carriageway in Earl Stonham Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

The A140 is currently blocked in both directions after a crane truck overturned in the carriageway in Earl Stonham Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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A man who has had his garden wall smashed in a major lorry crane crash has called for improvements to be made on the A140.

The crane smashed through a wall and the home owner is now having to have the tree removed Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNThe crane smashed through a wall and the home owner is now having to have the tree removed Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

The 55-tonne truck smashed through two garden walls before rolling on its side and hitting a telegraph pole in Earl Stonham shortly after 2.30pm today – sparking hours of closures on the major road between Ipswich and Norwich.

Both occupants inside the truck were unhurt from the crash, which residents said made a “large bang” heard across the area.

Pictures from the scene showed debris spread across the road, while the truck has completely blocked both carriageways.

Two garden walls were smashed during the crash Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNTwo garden walls were smashed during the crash Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Local resident Mike Peters, whose garden wall was hit by the truck, said the junction has been “an accident waiting to happen” for years.

Mr Peters said: “It is not the first time my wall has been damaged due to an accident – they have also hit my tree which is now leaning over.

“I had been out cutting my grass two hours earlier so it was a lucky escape.”

The A140 is currently blocked in both directions after a crane truck overturned in the carriageway in Earl Stonham Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNThe A140 is currently blocked in both directions after a crane truck overturned in the carriageway in Earl Stonham Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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Mr Peters added a speed camera at the junction had been out of action for several years, though the cause of today’s accident is unknown.

The extent of the road’s closure eventually spread from the junction with the A1120 until the junction with Needham Road.

The A140 is currently blocked in both directions after a crane truck overturned in the carriageway in Earl Stonham. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNThe A140 is currently blocked in both directions after a crane truck overturned in the carriageway in Earl Stonham. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

One motorist caught up in the disruption on his drive home from work in Ipswich said he would like to see further safety measures added to the road to help prevent further accidents.

They said: “I think it goes to show how dangerous the A140 is as a road – that junction is known to be a bad junction and a nasty one at that – it isn’t the only one along there.

“Something needs to be done about the road as it is the main road connecting Norwich to Ipswich and it is pretty torrid.

The A140 is currently blocked in both directions after a crane truck overturned in the carriageway in Earl Stonham. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNThe A140 is currently blocked in both directions after a crane truck overturned in the carriageway in Earl Stonham. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

“I’m just glad no one was hurt.”

No other vehicles were involved in the collision.

The road remains closed.


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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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Update 9:51 UTC
Some felt reports for this earthquake (you can find all reports below this article):

  • Leighton Buzzard – Was mid-way between Light and Moderate shaking – we thought there was an explosion, the whole house shook and windows rattled. This would have definitely woken me up. There was no damage though that we know of
  • Milton Keynes – One very noticeable lurch in the building, followed by 2-3 seconds of shaking. Felt on the first floor of a three story building (floors 0-2). Approx 09:50 British Summer Time.
  • Aylesbury – Only lasted a few seconds but watched the TV next to me bounce around along with 2 monitors in front of me.
  • Leighton Buzzard – Felt like two strong thumps, within about 5 secs of each other. Like a truck had driven into the side of the house.
  • Luton – Shaking woke me up from my sleep, could hear my dressing table mirror hitting the wall back and forth for a few seconds. Husband said tv was banging on the wall as well in the other room
  • Wendover, Buckinghamshire – Felt the whole house shift like it had been shunted by something. Then a light tremor. Lasted about 3 seconds.
  • Dunstable – I was in my upstairs home office. Shaking lasted maybe 3 seconds and was enough to wobble my Lego displays on shelves but not topple them.

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Update 9:27 UTC
The British Geological Survey now has published earthquake information. According to their analysis, the quake reached Magnitude 3.3 while the epicenter was located between Luton and Milton Keynes.

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Minor earthquake felt in Southern England, United Kingdom

Update 9:22 UTC
Many felt reports from the epicentral area came in, describing a moderate shaking (up to intensity IV). However, so far no reports from London or Reading have been received, contradicting the calculation below. This indicates that the epicenter of the quake is probably located further north with some slightly lower magnitude.

A small earthquake has shaken parts of England on Tuesday. According to preliminary automatic solutions from France, the epicenter of this quake was located north-west of London near Aylesbury (Buckinghamshire). However, these data might change after manual revision. No locations from the British Geological Survey, who usually have the best seismic network for exact solutions, are available yet.

The quake was felt in many towns near the epicenter as far as Reading, Oxford, Luton and maybe even in some parts of London, according to preliminary calculations basing on data from Straßburg.
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GMT/UTC Time : 2020-09-08 08:45:30

Depth (Hypocenter) : 10 km

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