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A11 re-opens after tanker carrying 22,000 litres of milk overturned

30 September, 2015 - 14:59
The scene of an overturned lorry on the A11 at Elveden.

The scene of an overturned lorry on the A11 at Elveden.

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A milk tanker has rolled down an embankment on the southbound A11 at Elveden.

Milk tanker overturns on the A11 near Elveden. Photo N&S Roads Policing/TwitterMilk tanker overturns on the A11 near Elveden. Photo N&S Roads Policing/Twitter

Emergency services were called to the scene, on the new stretch of road, at 2.53am today.

None of the 22,000 litres of milk inside the tanker has spilled out.

The tanker driver suffered minor injuries.

A car was also involved in the incident but was not majorly damaged.

Highways England closed the road southbound and put in place a diversion for several hours while work took place at the scene.

The milk had to be decanted from the lorry to prevent any future leakage before the tanker could be righted and recovered by a crane.

The road re-opened to traffic shortly before 3pm.

17 comments

  • For the people that think it's a 2 hour job to recover all that become a recovery driver and see it's not as simple as you all think

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    Matthew Nice

    Thursday, October 1, 2015

  • For the people that think it's a 2 hour job to recover all that become a recovery driver and see it's not as simple as you all think

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    Matthew Nice

    Thursday, October 1, 2015

  • Norfolk John you do realise that milk is actually a hazardous substance and can do serious environmental damage if large quantities get into the water. As for those saying why close the road off for so long, first I'm guessing they were making sure no one was seriously hurt then having to recover the damaged vehicles without spilling all the milk everywhere.

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    Reaper99

    Wednesday, September 30, 2015

  • To do a job properly it can take a while so to these people who moan about delays take look at the map book a find an alternative route don't rely solely on Sat navs

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    stoneman

    Wednesday, September 30, 2015

  • To do a job properly it can take a while so to these people who moan about delays take look at the map book a find an alternative route don't rely solely on Sat navs

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    stoneman

    Wednesday, September 30, 2015

  • Norfolk John, Im afraid you're wrong with your belief that the contents of the milk tanker can be poured down the drains. Its a criminal offence for commercial suppliers users to do such a thing. (Im sure you can research this if you dont believe me). Milk might be organic but it is still a pollutant insofar as the amount of oxygen it would use during the decomposition process. This in turn will kill aquatic life. The enviroment agency would hang the company fire service out to dry if they simply opened the valves. Oh, and I fail to see how colsing a road for a few hours has a "detrimental effect" on the local economy. This is Norfolk - a county full of farmers NOT a major hub for business.

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    Tootyfrooty

    Wednesday, September 30, 2015

  • It seems that whilst the police are there 247 the clean up teams are not. Either that or the company responsible for clean up does not want to pay for working unsocial hours. Doesn't matter how many members of the public were affected going to school, work, hospital etc.

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    jennifer jane

    Wednesday, September 30, 2015

  • Dear oh dear zzzz

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    Boyce

    Wednesday, September 30, 2015

  • Boyce - exactly, so why don't you?

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    KeithS

    Wednesday, September 30, 2015

  • Norfolk`s Chief Constable was earlier today setting out his response to funding cuts. He talked a lot about crime and where cuts can be made in that particular area. . But he makes no mention of the inefficient way road accidents in the county are currently being dealt with. When relatively minor accidents occur, police officers turn up in significant numbers with road closures being quite common place occurence nowadays. This is not only taking up a lot of police time but it is having a detrimental effect on the local economy and a huge impact on motorists and family life. Yesterday we had the case of a lorry spilling a load of offal that resulted in a very prolonged road closure and today we have had the A11 closed in one direction for twelve hours because a milk tanker had overturned. Surely in this day and age an accident like this should be dealt with in a few hours, not twelve. Lets hope Mr Bailey expands his review of policing so that we have a more enlightened way of dealing with road accidents.

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    BG

    Wednesday, September 30, 2015

  • Keith S . "Think before you speak" That is what common sense means to many people.

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    Boyce

    Wednesday, September 30, 2015

  • Milk – is an organic substance … open the valves and wash it away, right the tanker and tow it away – a two hour job max.

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    Norfolk John

    Wednesday, September 30, 2015

  • Boyce - it's called common sense....guess you don't have any?

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    KeithS

    Wednesday, September 30, 2015

  • As long as nobody is crying over it

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    Stephen Strange

    Wednesday, September 30, 2015

  • Potential pollution issues if the milk gets into local watercourses ditches and kills fish due to the displacement of oxygen.

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    Northern Scum

    Wednesday, September 30, 2015

  • Keith S. Would you care to explain to myself and many other educated people as to what knowledge and experience you have about dealing with incidents like this?

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    Boyce

    Wednesday, September 30, 2015

  • What are they pouring the milk out in pint jugs? Closing a major road like the A11 for more than a couple of hours should be subject to the los of human life only.

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    KeithS

    Wednesday, September 30, 2015

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