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A14 closed after lorry crashes off road onto roundabout below

PUBLISHED: 20:34 28 July 2019 | UPDATED: 07:12 29 July 2019

The scene of the crash below the A14 at Claydon  Picture: PAULA IRVINE

The scene of the crash below the A14 at Claydon Picture: PAULA IRVINE

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A lorry plunged from the A14 at Claydon onto the roundabout below in a crash that left witnesses in shock tonight.

The scene of the crash below the A14 at Claydon  Picture: PAULA IRVINEThe scene of the crash below the A14 at Claydon Picture: PAULA IRVINE

It is understood the lorry, which was carrying a container, crashed through a barrier on the A14 before coming to rest on the roundabout beneath the dual carrigeway at around 6pm.

The driver was injured but conscious when witnesses rushed to his aid. His injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

A motorist said he was the second person on the scene and rushed to the lorry cab, where he found the driver injured but conscious.

He said the cab was badly damaged and may have required being cut apart by the fire service in order for medics to reach the driver.

The crash happened at the junction for Claydon  Picture: GOOGLEThe crash happened at the junction for Claydon Picture: GOOGLE

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Another witness said the lorry may have been taking aversive action to avoid a collision on the A14.

She said it did not appear that any other vehicles were involved when the lorry descended to the road below.

The eastbound carriageway of the road was closed from Needham Market approaching Claydon.

A photo of the crash scene from the A14  Picture: CONTRIBUTEDA photo of the crash scene from the A14 Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Four fire crews from Ipswich East, Princes Street, Stowmarket and Bury St Edmunds stations were sent to the scene.

The eastbound carriageway of the road was closed from Needham Market approaching Claydon.

A diversion sent motorists off the A14 at junction 51 to join the B1113 eastbound towards Claydon, via Great Blakenham and back onto the A14 at junction 52.

On June 7, a lorry overturned at the Copdock junction and was left hanging over the A14.

The accident happened on a Friday evening and coincided with the Rod Stewart concert at Portman Road, causing chaos in the town.

A crane was used to retrieve the vehicle, and firefighters rescued the driver of the lorry through the window.

He was taken to Ipswich Hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

The south side of the Copdock roundabout remained closed over the weekend, with one carriageway reopening on the Monday following the installation of a temporary crash barrier.

Further west on the A14, drivers today faced long delays on both carriageways after traffic was reduced to one lane due to roadworks between junction 36 and junction 38 around Newmarket.

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