Gusts cause lorry crash on A14

HIGH winds have blown a lorry on to its side on the A14 today.

CHAOS caused by high winds across Suffolk continued to worsen this afternoon when a lorry was blown on to its side on the A14 and a tree fell on two cars in Ipswich.

Motorists were urged to avoid travelling along a stretch of the A14 after the lorry was blown over on the Bury St Edmunds-bound carriageway just before the Stowmarket turn-off at 3pm.

The accident damaged the central reservation and the lorry was completely blocking the carriageway.

That led to queues of traffic forming all the way back to the Creetings. Efforts are under way to remove the vehicle from the carriageway.

In another sign of the strength of today's gusts, just before 2pm a tree was blown down in Briarhayes, Ipswich. The tree fell on to a Honda and a BMW.

Meanwhile, the closure of the Orwell Bridge was causing traffic mayhem in Ipswich as diverted motorists battled to get to their destinations.

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