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Two drivers injured as lorries collide on A14 at Newmarket

13:21 13 July 2015

A crash on the A14 at Newmarket this morning. Photo: Twitter/@roadpoliceBCH

A crash on the A14 at Newmarket this morning. Photo: Twitter/@roadpoliceBCH

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The A14 westbound is reopen following the recovery of two lorries involved in a serious crash.

A crash on the A14 at Newmarket this morning. Photo: Twitter/@roadpoliceBCH  A crash on the A14 at Newmarket this morning. Photo: Twitter/@roadpoliceBCH

The collision happened around 4.15am on today (July 13) near junction 37 at Newmarket.

It is thought one broke down with a following vehicle colliding with it. One lorry ended up on its side in the road.

A spokeswoman for the East of England Ambulance Service said: “Two ambulances, one rapid response vehicle and an ambulance officer attended and treated the two drivers.”

She said both drivers were taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridgeshire but their injuries were not thought to be life-threatening.

7 comments

  • how long does it take to clear the carriageway? up to 12 hours come on!

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    Gg

    Tuesday, July 14, 2015

  • Its time we adopted the system they have on most countries in europe of putting a red triangle behind any broken down vehicle and the driver to wear a high viz vest. All vehicles should be made to carry these items to stop hard shoulder tail end shunts.

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    janoisky2

    Monday, July 13, 2015

  • Agree with many of the comments here - Peter is correct that the misleading roadsigns leading up caused massive, avoidable congestion. In the end, considering there was a small stretch of the road affected, the 2.5hour delays were a testament to the poor management of the situation. Of course, additional factors were the usual rubberneckers, and the idiots who decide to cut into traffic without being invited in. It would be good to start seeing some action taken by police regarding the qulaity of lorry driving though - in particular how close they drive to each other.

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    Ed Kay

    Monday, July 13, 2015

  • ChelmaCommuta, the speed limit for trucks is 60mph on dual-carriageways (it went up from 50mph in April), but they all should have a speed limiter fitted limiting the maximum speed to 56mph. However, I agree about the space a lot of truck drivers leave between them and the truck in front just because they don't want to lose a little bit of momentum (can be a problem for some trucks, especially up gradients). I am a truck driver myself, and think a lot of drivers are taking a big risk. Whether this was the cause of this accident is another matter. What really hasn't helped the queues of traffic on this occasion though is that just before the accident there are temporary roadworks signs saying lanes 2 & 3 are closed (possibly left from over night works) and the overhead gantry is saying lane 3 is closed, when in reality only lane 1 was closed (when I finally got there anyway). I'm sure this is making the situation much worse, as people are changing lanes unnecessarily. Of course, the three traffic marshall cars and highways van sitting by the accident clearly had this under control though. I rang Highways England to report the misleading signs, but that was too late for the thousands of motorists already delayed by at least 2 to 3 hours like myself.

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    Peter

    Monday, July 13, 2015

  • If the way the wagons were driving when I saw them by Orwell Bridge at 5-30 this morning (2 in lane 1 6 feet apart with another two in lane 2 very similarly spaced) it’s quite easy to explain how they crash into each other !!!!! Also isn’t the speed limit for wagon s 50mph (That’s what the sign out of Felixstowe docks says …maybe police “Undercover Wagon” should start to enforce that as well as “using phones” or “not wearing seatbelts”.

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    ChelmaCommuta

    Monday, July 13, 2015

  • Given the time the accident occurred and the tight deadlines HGV drivers are given now, maybe tiredness was a factor. I expect, there will be an investigation by the police, checking drivers logs, vehicle defects, driver blood checks for alcohol or drugs, etc, etc. It would be informative for Arch.ant to follow this up and give the results of the investigation when they're released.

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    So_Many_Haters!

    Monday, July 13, 2015

  • Yet again lorries crashing into each other when there is little traffic on the road. Why?

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    amsterdam81

    Monday, July 13, 2015

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