Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 2°C

min temp: 2°C

Search

A140: Police commissioner demands answers over long road closure which caused “chaos”

00:01 23 January 2014

A lorry overturned on the A140 near Little Stonham and took down overhead cables.The lorry was carrying tuna and washing up liquid.

A lorry overturned on the A140 near Little Stonham and took down overhead cables.The lorry was carrying tuna and washing up liquid.

Sarah Lucy brown

Suffolk’s police and crime commissioner has called for an “urgent review” into the “chaos” which followed one of the county’s busiest roads remaining closed 12 hours after a lorry crashed.

Police and crime commissioner Tim PassmorePolice and crime commissioner Tim Passmore

Police were called to the A140 shortly before 10.40am yesterday when an articulated lorry ended up in a field by the road after it had crashed into a telegraph pole near Little Stonham.

But it was not until around 3pm when the busy road, near Needham Market, was shut to allow the vehicle, which had been carrying washing-up liquid and tuna cans, to be recovered. The road has now reopened.

Tim Passmore, the county’s police and crime commissioner, who lives on the A140 in Thwaite, said it was his understanding the diversions at junctions for Mickfield and in Earl Stonham did not go to plan.

“It’s being chaotic for people there; there are some notices and signs with diversion (written) on them but there was no-one there directing traffic,” he said.

“I need to understand why there was no-one there directing traffic and why we ended up with the chaos. It’s not acceptable, I need to find out what went wrong whoever is responsible – highways, police. We need to make sure it does not happen again, there was sufficient time to plan it out properly.”

The driver, believed to be in his 30s, was trapped in the vehicle for an hour-and-a-half because electricity wires had fallen across the lorry.

He was taken to West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds with minor injuries.

Almost 380 homes were left without power but electricity was restored to the majority of the properties between 11.30am and 11.50am.

1 comment

  • of course no police officer were not there to direct the traffic you have got rid of most of them

    Report this comment

    pandy

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

Rush hour commuters are experiencing long delays on the A14 this morning after a crash.

An armed robber’s mother has apologised to workers at an Ipswich Co-op whom he terrified by pretending to have a gun in a sock.

Patches of dense “freezing” fog could cause long delays on roads across Suffolk and Essex this morning, sparking a warning from police for drivers to take extra care.

Flat tyres are troublesome at the best of times and are even more of a problem when it happens to a large electric locomotive and the only place to get it fixed is 200 miles away.

Discount supermarket giant Aldi has confirmed its intention to build a new store in Martlesham Heath, and has submitted a formal planning application.

An Ipswich woman who was reported missing to police today has been found safe by officers in Felixstowe.

Community leaders in east Suffolk will be better equipped to fend off unwanted developments – after their proposed sites for new homes were approved by a planning inspector.

Today we are testing your knowledge of Ipswich pubs. Some are still open for business and others have called last orders for the final time.

The sister of a renowned Suffolk filmmaker who fought brain cancer with “determination and incredible strength” is calling for more research into the disease following his death.

The director of Ed Sheeran’s Castle on the Hill video has praised the Suffolk community for helping during the filming.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

MyDate24 MyPhotos24