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Major delays after horror lorry crash on A12 between junction 25 and junction 19
Dramatic pictures have emerged of the smash on the A12 southbound in Witham, Essex.
Police surrounded the scene last night where the lorry crashed through the barriers of Coleman’s Bridge and burst into flames on the southbound carriageway.
Despite emergency services being able to slowly divert drivers from the area during last night’s rush hour the accident is still causing problems this morning.
Officers said last night the scene, between Marks Tey (junction 25) and Boreham interchange (junction 19) would be closed until noon on Thursday.
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The investigation into the accident has been described as “complex” by Essex police.
Fire crews, ambulances and Essex police surrounded the scene last night as traffic queued along the A12.
“Once the investigation has concluded Highways England will carry out any repairs and complete the recovery of the vehicle,” a statement from Highways England said.
“The road will be opened as soon as it is safe to do so.”
Traffic is being diverted via the A120, the A131, the A130 and back on to the A12. Road users intending on using the A12 southbound carriageway are advised to allow additional time for their journeys.
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Traffic is already causing problems with Twitter users telling drivers to avoid the journey altogether.
One wrote: “It's an hour from Colchester to Marks tey #A12 .. don't go there #lorryoverthebridge.”
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The lorry smashed over the edge of Coleman's Bridge in Essex
We had to come to an emergency stop as soon as we saw this lorry turned on its side
Chloe Willis, 20, was a passenger in a car travelling to a hockey match with friends and was “about five seconds away” from the accident.
The psychology student told the Press Association “black smoke covered the sky” as the lorry caught fire.
She said: “We had to come to an emergency stop as soon as we saw this lorry turned on its side.
“A big puff of black smoke covered the sky and all the people in cars started to panic.
“You could see where the barriers on the bridge had broken when the lorry had come through.”
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Fire crews from Colchester, Witham and Chelmsford were called to the incident at 3.41pm.
Paramedics were called to the scene at 3.49pm and had an ambulance crew on scene within six minutes.
The driver of the lorry is believed to be male but no details of his injuries have been released.
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