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A140 to stay CLOSED after lorry jackknives through barrier

PUBLISHED: 11:16 11 December 2019 | UPDATED: 14:02 11 December 2019

The A140 at Little Stonham is closed in both directions due to a three-vehicle collision involving a lorry. Picture: RACHEL EDGE/ARCHANT

The A140 at Little Stonham is closed in both directions due to a three-vehicle collision involving a lorry. Picture: RACHEL EDGE/ARCHANT

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Emergency services are attending a serious collision on the A140 involving a lorry and two cars - with the road set to remain closed for most of the day.

The A140 at Little Stonham is closed in both directions due to a three-vehicle collision - large vehicles such as lorries are struggling to get through the diversion. Picture: RACHEL EDGE/ARCHANTThe A140 at Little Stonham is closed in both directions due to a three-vehicle collision - large vehicles such as lorries are struggling to get through the diversion. Picture: RACHEL EDGE/ARCHANT

The crash is blocking the A140 at Little Stonham in both directions near The Magpie pub and drivers are being urged to avoid the area if possible.

A spokesman for Suffolk Police said: "We were called to reports of the collision just after 6.30am on the A140 at Little Stonham.

"The road is set to be closed for most of the day following the collision.

"It involved an overturned lorry, a SEAT Ibiza and a Peugeot Partner van.

Police and ambulance are dealing with a road traffic collision on the A140 at Little Stonham. Picture: GOOGLE MAPSPolice and ambulance are dealing with a road traffic collision on the A140 at Little Stonham. Picture: GOOGLE MAPS

"In order for the lorry to be recovered it will be necessary for the electrical power to Little Stonham to be switched off for several hours. It is expected that UK Power Networks will do this at around 11am."

The road is closed in both directions and diversions are in place. The diversion route is however not suitable for lorries or large vehicles.

Fire crews and the ambulance service have also been called to the serious collision, with fire engines sent from Eye, Debenham and Stowmarket.

Police have confirmed that injuries are believed to be serious at this time.

A man has died in a three vehicle crash on the A140 at Little Stonham. Picture: ARCHANTA man has died in a three vehicle crash on the A140 at Little Stonham. Picture: ARCHANT

In a tweet, Suffolk Police said: "Police and ambulance are dealing with a road traffic collision on the A140 at Little Stonham. The road is blocked in both ways. Please avoid the area if possible #A140 #SuffolkRoads."

According to drivers a lorry following the diversion has become stuck in the mud on the road to Mickfield, which is stopping larger vehicles getting through.

The AA route map is showing increased traffic in the area around Mendlesham and Earl Stonham.

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