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A12 re-opens after lorry smash
4:30pm Monday 7th October 2013 in News
THE A12 has completely re-opened after a lorry smash caused it to shut for 11 hours.
The trunk road shut when a 44-tonne articulated lorry carrying 27-tonnes of citrus fruits went out of control on the southbound carriageway at Marks Tey shortly before 1.15am this morning.
It then crossed the central reservation and overturned, blocking the northbound lanes at Old London Road, in Marks Tey. Two cars were also damaged.
The driver has been arrested on suspicion of drink or drug-driving.
He is still receiving hospital treatment and officers have not been able to question him fully.
The Highways Agency closed a large section of the road between junction 24 at Marks Tey and junction 19 and Boreham, and motorists were directed on a 23-mile detour through rural mid and north Essex while Essex Police investigated the incident and accident recovery experts arrived.
Firefighters rushed to the scene shortly after 1.15am to release two men who were trapped following the incident.
In total, three people were taken to hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries.
One person suffered a leg, arm and facial injuries, and another was also left with facial injuries.
The third person suffered minor injuries.
Two of the injured people were taken to Colchester Hospital and one was taken to Broomfield Hospital, in Chelmsford.
Four ambulances and a hazardous response team also attended the scene.
Police are appealing for anyone who saw the incident to contact PC Phil Pringle at Stanway road policing office on 101.
Drivers reported journeys between Colchester and Chelmsford taking more than three hours, while others were also caught in the diversion route between Colchester and Tiptree after an HGV diverted from the A12 overturned in Colchester Road, near to Birch.
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