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Traffic warning in Ipswich after two crashes near A14 Orwell Bridge

PUBLISHED: 08:38 05 March 2018 | UPDATED: 11:08 05 March 2018

The Orwell Bridge. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

The Orwell Bridge. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Motorists were warned of heavy traffic around Ipswich this morning after two crashes near the Orwell Bridge in the rush hour.

A tractor was stuck on the A14 westbound just before the bridge for around two-and-a-half hours after breaking down.

The tractor, which was pulling a trailer, reportedly stalled before breaking down in the inside lane near the Shell garage at 7.35am, police said.

Recovery services were on the scene shortly before 9.35am and the tractor had been removed from the carriageway at around 10am.

During the disruption, a Renault Van and a Ford Fiesta were involved in a crash eastbound just before the bridge at around 8am.

Traffic backed up on the A14 westbound. PICTURE: HIGHWAYS ENGLANDTraffic backed up on the A14 westbound. PICTURE: HIGHWAYS ENGLAND

There were no injuries and both vehicles had been removed from the carriageway by 8.30am, police said.

Both incidents caused severe delays in the area this morning.

Heavy traffic during the morning rush-hour around Suffolk today. Picture: GOOGLE MAPSHeavy traffic during the morning rush-hour around Suffolk today. Picture: GOOGLE MAPS

Earlier, Ipswich Buses tweeted at 9.18am: ”The Orwell Bridge is starting to get backed up with traffic, this may result in cars being diverted off the bridge which may cause heavier traffic around the town.

“Please leave extra time while travelling this morning.”

It announced shortly afterwards that the 25a 9.30am service had been cancelled.

It added at 9.40am: “We are still experiencing heavy delays on the South East of Ipswich due to the faulty traffic lights on Bixley Road. We are still trying to run a normal service, but finding it very difficult as our buses are getting stuck in the traffic both directions.”

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