Update: A12 reopened at Stratford St Mary 12 hours after serious lorry crash
23:51 10 January 2014
A female lorry driver remains in hospital in a critical condition following a crash which brought a section of the A12 to a standstill on the Suffolk/Essex border for 12 hours.
Emergency crews rushed to the scene of the single-vehicle accident which left a lorry on its side after it struck the central reservation barrier on the dual carriageway near Stratford St Mary at 4.20pm yesterday.
The driver, a woman in her 50s, was airlifted to Ipswich Hospital after suffering “multiple serious injuries,” police said.
An East of England Ambulance Service spokesman initially said she had sustained “potentially life-threatening head injuries”.
She was later transferred to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge where her condition was described as critical but stable.
As a result of the crash, both northbound lanes were blocked with police closing the road at the Ardleigh Interchange to allow emergency services to deal with the incident scene.
A section of the southbound carriageway was briefly closeed by Suffolk Constabulary while their roads policing officers helped Essex Police to remove debris from road.
Commuters faced an evening of chaos with multiple queues up to five miles long being reported in the area in the wake of the crash.
Heavy congestion was reported between Brantham and Manningtree along the A137 and around Ardleigh due to diverted traffic.
Diversions are expected to remain in place for until later tonight with specialist recovery required to remove the lorry and its container.
Both lanes of the A12 were reopened at around 4am today after the lorry, which was carrying rice, was recovered.
An Essex Police spokesman said: “The female driver of a lorry appears to have lost control of it shortly before 4:30pm and struck the central reservation barrier, forcing it on to its side.”
Forensic collision investigators worked at the scene last night to identify the cause of the crash.
Witnesses to the crash are urged to contact Essex Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 01245 240590 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.