max temp: 8°C

min temp: 7°C


Update: Motorists queued on the A12 at Marks Tey after seven car pile-up for almost four hours

17:39 24 July 2014

The scene of an accident on the northbound A12 at Marks Tey.

The scene of an accident on the northbound A12 at Marks Tey.


A seven car pile-up on the A12 in last night’s rush hour caused 12 miles of tailbacks and hours of misery for motorists.

The scene of an accident on the northbound A12 at Marks Tey. Queueing traffic on the A12 past Kelvedon.The scene of an accident on the northbound A12 at Marks Tey. Queueing traffic on the A12 past Kelvedon.

The accident on the northbound carriageway between J24 Kelvedon North and J25 Marks Tey happened at around 4.30pm yesterday, although drivers were still stuck in congestion at gone 8pm.

There were no injuries as a result of the accident, which started with a collision between a Peugeot 206 and a Ford Ka.

However, traffic was queueing back to J19 Boreham Interchange for hours after the incident, with motorists caught up in the chaos venting their anger on social media.

Richard Evans - @Richard6ft5 - wrote on Twitter: “That was the longest drive home i have ever done! 1hr 30mins from #Maldon to #Colchester”

Another Twitter user, Lewis Burrell - @lew_63 - added: “Avoid the A12 - especially northbound up to Colchester. Apparently more than 12 mile tailbacks to A130 interchange - it’s a car park!”

As well as long delays northbound, motorists on the opposite carriageway also faced delays as people stopped to get a look of the aftermath.

Traffic also ground to a halt on and around slip roads onto the A12.

Firefighters attended the scene and gave first aid to casualties and ensured the scene was safe. They had completed their work at the scene by 5.05pm.

All lanes on the northbound carriageway had reopened by 7pm, although it still took more than an hour for the chaos to clear.

Nathan Prentice - @NPrentice91 - wrote on Twitter - “Crash on A12 by Marks Tey come off at Witham and queue looks like it to goes on for quite a while o dear !!!”

Another Twitter user, @swatts74, wrote: “Been stuck for last 45 mins on a12. People out of cars. Think this is a bad one”



  • @Ipswichite..Enschuldigung sie bitte, Because they do not have 'speed limits on German Autobahns you do not get the 'bunching' that we get on our roads !, also they are maintained to a far higher standard then our roads, they do not have the cracks and potholes that we have to put up with !

    Report this comment


    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • Three lanes isn't needed on that stretch, I travel it daily. In Europe, large stretches of German Autobahns are two lanes and they easily cope with a higher traffic volume with some drivers exceeding 140mph. What's needed is an emergency lane or hard shoulder and to remind road users to drive defensively and respectfully, rather than offensively and disrespectfully as is the norm here.

    Report this comment


    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • @Violet Adlam...I agree and have been saying this for years !, both the A12 and the A14 should be 3 lane motorways by now !, instead our government would rather spend £53 million a day to belong to a 'Restrictive Club' called the EU !, we are in effect paying to improve all the other European Countries infrastructures whilst we cannot afford to upgrade our own !, not to mention 'bailing out' Countries that are living beyond their means ! The British Taxpayer cannot afford this !

    Report this comment


    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • To much traffic for your roads they all need to be widened !

    Report this comment

    Violet Adlam

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • If there's one thing that annoys me more than being stuck in a jam and that's being stuck in a jam caused by rubber-necking morons!

    Report this comment


    Friday, July 25, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Woman conned by bogus caller (Stock photo)

A Hadleigh woman who lost £2,500 in a police scam has warned others to be alert to the crime.

Members of the nursing team at Ipswich Hospital.

Carers and visitors of people being looked after at Ipswich Hospital will next month be able to spend more time with patients as new extended visiting hours are introduced.

She was last seen in the area of Downside Close in Ipswich.

Concern is growing for a 49-year-old woman who has gone missing in Ipswich.

Part of Sue Brooks' photograph of pupils and staff at Fonnereau House School, Ipswich, in 1952. Are you in the picture?

I recently asked readers if they had memories of Fonnereau House School, Ipswich, which was in Fonnereau Road, close to High Street.

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court

A teenager must pay nearly £300 in fines and court costs after admitting being drunk and disorderly in Kesgrave.

Ipswich Park and Ride. Martlesham.

The two remaining park and ride sites in Ipswich could close in three years’ time if there is not a substantial increase in the number of motorists using them.

Doors reopen on the new look East of England Co-op Daily store in Woodbridge Thoroughfare. Staff members, left to right, Chloe Williams, James Buckles, Shirley Pierce.

Shoppers were greeted by the sight of a new-look Co-op on their high street yesterday, when a Suffolk branch of the store reopened following three weeks of refurbishment.

Essex police are investigating a robbery at Jaywick.

An 88-year-old Essex man suffered a broken hip when he was knocked to the ground by robbers who burst into his Jaywick home.

HGV drink-driver in court

A lorry driver carrying a trailer full of wine has admitted dangerous driving when weaving between lanes on the A14 while three times over the drink-drive limit.

Dan Poulter with Lord Robert Winston

ES 18.3.11

Suffolk County Council’s cabinet training day at Elstree film studios in Hertfordshire has come under fire from Conservative MP and former minister Dr Dan Poulter.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages

Local business directory

Suffolk's trusted business finder

Property search

e.g. Oxford or NW3
Powered by Zoopla

Digital Edition

Read the Ipswich Star e-edition today E-edition

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24