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Video: Reports of travel “chaos” as A140 closes after lorry hits telegraph pole

PUBLISHED: 22:03 22 January 2014 | UPDATED: 23:05 22 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

The A140 has been closed for more than eight hours after a lorry overturned when it hit a telegraph pole.

The lorry driver was trapped in his vehicle for about an hour and a half because the electricity wires were draped across it.

Police were called to the incident near the Stonham junction shortly before 10.40am.

A large curtain-sided, articulated lorry carrying washing-up liquid and tuna cans was on its side in the field next to the road. It had smashed through the telegraph pole which was also lying in the field.

The driver, believed to be in his 30s, was not seriously injured and was able to walk to the ambulance when eventually freed. He is believed to have suffered a broken nose and a hand injury and was taken to West Suffolk Hospital.

A total of 376 homes were initially left without electricity after the incident. Staff from UK Power Networks removed the cables from the lorry and have restored services to 366 household so far.

Police warned that the whole road would have to close from about 3pm as they recover the lorry.

Diversion signs were put in place but there has been reports of road “chaos” in the area as lorries are forced on smaller routes.

A spokesman for UK Power Networks said: “UK Power Networks engineers have worked hard to restore power to ten customers in the Stonham area of Suffolk after a lorry collided with one of our electricity poles.

“Electricity supplies were interrupted to 376 customers at about 10.40am today following the collision with the pole on the A140. A further number of customers would have experienced a brief interruption to their power of less than two minutes when the collision occurred.

“Engineers were on site repairing the overhead lines and supplies were restored to 366 customers between 11.30am and 11.50am.

“We would like to reassure the remaining customers that we are working hard to return their supplies to normal as soon as we can.”

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