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Update: A12 reopened at Stratford St Mary 12 hours after serious lorry crash

23:51 10 January 2014

A lorry landed on its side blocking the Ipswich bound lane of the A12 on Friday afternoon.

A lorry landed on its side blocking the Ipswich bound lane of the A12 on Friday afternoon.

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.

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A lorry landed on its side blocking the Ipswich bound lane of the A12 on Friday afternoon. A lorry landed on its side blocking the Ipswich bound lane of the A12 on Friday afternoon.

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 collisionappeal@essex.pnn.police.uk.

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4 comments

  • Yet another example of what happens when there is a serious accident on the A12 or A14. Gridlock. Why don't the local MP's and councils and newspapers push for the M12 and M14. These are urgent upgrades required for our area. A12 has been voted the worst road in Britain, still nothing done, no investment bits around Colchester and Chelmsford are terrible and falling apart. Investment NOW!

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    Dataminer1

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • Why does it take 12 hours to reopen the road? Too many people running round in hi-vis jackets, with their clipboards, trying to look important, while other road users suffer diversions and gridlocks. One lorry involved - 12 hours to shift it. Hope the driver will be ok.

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    Tractorboy

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • I hope it's not my butch mate from Brantham

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    Concerned of Suffolk

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • The police unfortunately didn't help the matter and often continue to amaze me by making blockages on the A12 worse than they are already. There was not one but two separate northbound diversions off the A12 at different junctions (I have no clue what the point of the first one was other than providing false hope that drivers had already reached and were about to go past the scene of the accident). More importantly they seem to no longer offer any temporary signage or direction as to where people should go once they have been diverted off the A12 when there is no obvious signed route back on to the A12. This simply causes 'follow the leader' syndrome which leads to traffic chaos elsewhere, when there might be a more suitable route to take. Sometimes traffic units can be used more wisely than simply sitting en mass with the blues flashing near the scene.

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    BangTheBomb

    Monday, January 13, 2014

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