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A140: Police commissioner demands answers over long road closure which caused “chaos”

00:01 23 January 2014

A lorry overturned on the A140 near Little Stonham and took down overhead cables.The lorry was carrying tuna and washing up liquid.

A lorry overturned on the A140 near Little Stonham and took down overhead cables.The lorry was carrying tuna and washing up liquid.

Sarah Lucy brown

Suffolk’s police and crime commissioner has called for an “urgent review” into the “chaos” which followed one of the county’s busiest roads remaining closed 12 hours after a lorry crashed.

Police and crime commissioner Tim PassmorePolice and crime commissioner Tim Passmore

Police were called to the A140 shortly before 10.40am yesterday when an articulated lorry ended up in a field by the road after it had crashed into a telegraph pole near Little Stonham.

But it was not until around 3pm when the busy road, near Needham Market, was shut to allow the vehicle, which had been carrying washing-up liquid and tuna cans, to be recovered. The road has now reopened.

Tim Passmore, the county’s police and crime commissioner, who lives on the A140 in Thwaite, said it was his understanding the diversions at junctions for Mickfield and in Earl Stonham did not go to plan.

“It’s being chaotic for people there; there are some notices and signs with diversion (written) on them but there was no-one there directing traffic,” he said.

“I need to understand why there was no-one there directing traffic and why we ended up with the chaos. It’s not acceptable, I need to find out what went wrong whoever is responsible – highways, police. We need to make sure it does not happen again, there was sufficient time to plan it out properly.”

The driver, believed to be in his 30s, was trapped in the vehicle for an hour-and-a-half because electricity wires had fallen across the lorry.

He was taken to West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds with minor injuries.

Almost 380 homes were left without power but electricity was restored to the majority of the properties between 11.30am and 11.50am.

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  • of course no police officer were not there to direct the traffic you have got rid of most of them

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    pandy

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