Update/travel: A14 westbound reopens more than four hours after two-vehicle crash between Trimley St Martin and Seven Hills

The scene of the accident on the A14 between Trimley St Martin and Seven Hills. Image from Highways Agency. The scene of the accident on the A14 between Trimley St Martin and Seven Hills. Image from Highways Agency.

Monday, December 2, 2013
1:13 PM

The A14 westbound has fully reopened after this morning’s crash involving a HGV and a van.

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It took place at around 6.30 this morning between J59 for Trimley St Martin and J58 for the A12 at Seven Hills.

The HGV crashed through the central reservation causing “considerable damage to the barriers” according to a Suffolk police spokesman.

Recovery of the HGV has now finished and repairs made to the central reservation.

A diversion via Howlett Way, High Road and Felixstowe Road was in place for motorists wanting to travel westbound during the recovery operation.

The eastbound carriageway is also fully open after one lane was closed earlier to aid recovery.

The police spokesman also said the ambulance service attended the scene but have only dealt with minor injuries.

Did you see the crash? Contact us at newsroom@archant.co.uk

9 comments

  • @mac, yes the barriers are pretty ineffective, they might as well replace them with cheese string ! Good to hear no one has been badly hurt or killed. As for lorries limited to 56, this might be true in theory, but not in practice plenty do go way faster than that, don't know how they manage to do that

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    john

    Monday, December 2, 2013

  • Agrees with Seasidemac, its quite worrying the ease this truck has seemed to go through the central barriers! I use the A14 everyday and never seem to get above 60mph from Stowmarket to nr Cambridge. The road is a joke, but dont know what the answer is! One is I feel that Truck to slow down once another tries to overtake! This rarely happens! and I will probably upset truck drivers here, but the majority I see travel far far to close to the vehicle in front!!! Its worrying seeing a truck so close to you in the mirror!!! You wont stop!

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    Andy S

    Monday, December 2, 2013

  • Michael, what has that got to do with this? Were you there? Did you see it?

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    in-my-own-words

    Monday, December 2, 2013

  • Glad nobody was hurt. I have a plan to stop this happening. Lets reduce the speed limit to say 50 and put in average speed cameras to police it. Well they say it would work elsewhere !!!

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    A Smith

    Monday, December 2, 2013

  • Speed limit for HGV's on a dual carriageway is already 50, just nobody polices it.

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    fredjag

    Monday, December 2, 2013

  • They are limited to 56mph but are only allowed to do 50mph on dual carriageways and 60 on motorways. So the limiter speed is ridiculous setting. As to how they go faster that 56, they don't (well very few). The real reason is the speedo in your car is nowhere near as accurate as their tachographed ones.

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    On Two Wheels

    Tuesday, December 3, 2013

  • How about making HGVs keep to the nearside lane!

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    Michael Ager

    Monday, December 2, 2013

  • They are limited to 56mph but are only allowed to do 50mph on dual carriageways and 60 on motorways. So the limiter speed is ridiculous setting. As to how they go faster that 56, they don't (well very few). The real reason is the speedo in your car is nowhere near as accurate as their tachographed ones.

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    On Two Wheels

    Tuesday, December 3, 2013

  • HGVs are fitted with speed limiters set at 56mph. So they are effectively policed: they cannot exceed this speed! Anyway, you can't draw any conclusions from this photo couple of sentences as to what caused the accident. However I am quite alarmed that the truck seemed to traverse the barriers on the central reservation with such ease!

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    Seasidemac

    Monday, December 2, 2013

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