Orwell Bridge REOPENS after discovery of body

PUBLISHED: 10:14 12 April 2019 | UPDATED: 14:43 12 April 2019

The Orwell Bridge has reopened to traffic. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

The Orwell Bridge has reopened to traffic. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

The Orwell Bridge has reopened to traffic after it was closed for almost four hours this morning while police investigated a crash and the discovery of a body.

Officers were initially called to the bridge at around 4.30am today, Friday, April 12, to reports of a crash between a stationary car and a lorry.

The body of a man believed to be in his 50s was later discovered near the bridge.

The eastbound A14 over the bridge was closed to traffic as officers carried out investigations.

A spokesman for Suffolk police said the road fully reopened at around 9.15am.

A motorist, who was caught in the traffic but wished not to be named, said: “My sympathies go out to the friends and family of the person involved in the incident.

“The almost standstill traffic on the A14 westbound added around 45 minutes to my usual 15-minute journey but clearly in these situations everyone must always prioritise the safe and proper management of the incident over any resultant delays.

“The emergency services must also be applauded for their sensitive handling of such situations, which must always be difficult.”

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