Update: A12 reopens after 13 hour clean-up operation

The lorry involved in the crash on the A12 this morning is recovered

The lorry involved in the crash on the A12 this morning is recovered - Credit: Archant

One of the region’s major roads has finally reopened after an early-morning crash.

The A12 was closed between Chelmsford and Marks Tey in both directions after a lorry travelling southbound crashed through the central reservation and overturned, blocking both sides of the carriage way.

That was just after 1pm this morning and although one southbound lane was opened in time for the morning rush hour the northbound lanes stayed shut until 2pm.

During the 13-hour investigation and recovery process a 23-mile diversion had to be set up, causing chaos to early-morning travellers.

The driver of the 44-ton lorry which overturned was initially taken to hospital, along with a passenger, after being cut from the wreckage.

They both suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries.

Police later announced the driver had been arrested on suspicion of careless driving and drink or drug-driving.

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They are also appealing for anyone who saw the crash to contact Pc Phil Pringle at Stanway road policing office on 101.

Three other vehicles were involved in the incident and there was a separate two-car collision in the tailbacks on the northbound carriageway.