A14: Westbound carriageway to remain closed until this afternoon following three vehicle crash

A STRETCH of the A14 remains closed following a three vehicle collision which took place yesterday afternoon.

The westbound carriageway of the road was closed at 3pm yesterday at the Seven Hills roundabout after three lorries collided.

The road had been open for just 18 minutes before it was closed yesterday afternoon.

Today, a spokesman for Suffolk police said the westbound carriageway was most likely to remain closed until around 1pm this afternoon.

Specialist engineers are expected to arrive at the scene to clear the road surface and clean the road.

Motorists in the town have been facing horrific delays from 6.50am yesterday morning after a lorry overturned near the Orwell Bridge, shedding its load of onions across both carriageways.

Police closed three lanes – the entire westbound carriageway and lane two heading in the opposite direction – for seven-and-a-half hours, flooding traffic into a gridlocked Ipswich.

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A spokesman for the constabulary said the delay was caused by the need to conduct skid tests on the stretch of road after the onions had been collected.

After fully reopening at 2.42pm yesterday, the road was closed again at 3pm when the free lorry crash took place.