Essex: Arrest after lorry hits bridge

A COLCHESTER man has been arrested after a lorry struck a bridge.

The heavy goods vehicle, which was carrying a large excavator, hit the structure on the A120 near Colchester around 5.30pm on Friday.

The incident, which caused concrete to fall on the road, led to the westbound carriageway near Elmstead being closed for nearly five hours.

It was reopened around 10.15pm after debris had been cleared from the road and a structural engineer had declared the bridge safe.

Police arrested the 28-year-old lorry driver in Suffolk for driving without due care and attention. He has been released on bail until January 4 while officers investigate the incident.

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Officers are appealing to any witnesses of the collision to contact the road policy unit at Stanway on 0300 333 444.

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