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A14 CLOSED as jack-knifed lorry over Orwell Bridge causes traffic chaos

PUBLISHED: 08:34 21 January 2020 | UPDATED: 09:33 21 January 2020

A lorry crash has closed the Orwell Bridge westbound. Picture: HIGHWAYS ENGLAND

A lorry crash has closed the Orwell Bridge westbound. Picture: HIGHWAYS ENGLAND

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There is gridlock across Ipswich after police closed a stretch of the A14 near the Orwell Bridge following a collision between two HGVs.

A lorry crashwhich has closed a carriageway on the A14 has caused traffic chaos across Ipswich. Picture: AAA lorry crashwhich has closed a carriageway on the A14 has caused traffic chaos across Ipswich. Picture: AA

The A14 is set to be closed westbound, between junction 57 at Nacton Heath and junction 56 at Wherstead, probably until lunchtime.

Drivers are experiencing long delays on nearly every other major route in and out of Ipswich as police await for recovery vehicles to come and help clear up the incident.

MORE: A14 to be closed until lunch after HGV crash

Police were called to the scene, by the Shell petrol station at Nacton, just after 6am to the crash between a Volvo lorry and a Mercedes lorry.

A force spokesman said one of the HGVs had jack-knifed, which appears to be the Mercedes.

Stuck traffic was diverted off the A14 at the junction, said police.

The closure has caused traffic congestion for miles back to junction 58, the Seven Hills roundabout.

Westbound motorists have been advised to take junction 58, through Ipswich and onto the Copdock interchange.

A lorry crash over the Orwell Bridge is causing traffic chaos. Picture: AAA lorry crash over the Orwell Bridge is causing traffic chaos. Picture: AA

There are also traffic problems on many roads across Ipswich.

There are long delays in Wherstead Road, Nacton Road and Felixstowe Road, as well as London Road and Norwich Road.

Drivers are also recording delays on the A12 northbound at Copdock.

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