Jack-knife lorry closes A14

COMMUTERS are facing long delays today after the closure of one of Suffolk's busiest roads.Both carriageways of the A14 between Kentford and Kennett were closed by police shortly after 4am, after a lorry jack-knifed shedding its load of 24 tons of steel.

COMMUTERS on one of Suffolk's busiest roads were able to get moving again at 11.30am today after long delays on the A14.

Both carriageways of the A14 between Kentford and Kennett had been closed by police from 4am, after a lorry jack-knifed shedding its load of 24 tons of steel.

But by 11.30am police were able to re-open one lane in each direction to allow vehicles to pass along the road.

Inspector Matt Dee of Suffolk police, said: “There was significant traffic congestion and diversions through Newmarket were in place.”

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Emergency services were called to the scene to free four people trapped in a Vauxhall Vectra, which was involved in the collision.

A spokesman for Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service said cutting equipment was used and four people were taken to hospital. The injuries are not believed to be serious.

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It is the second time the road has been closed within two days.

Yesterday the eastbound carriageway near Bury St Edmunds was closed for five hours after a four vehicle smash near Risby.

The Evening Star has constantly campaigned for a way to re-open the main arterial roads quicker following accidents such as these.

The Highways Agency is involved in discussion with Suffolk County Council and the emergency services to see how the roads can be opened quicker following such incidents.

Last year Ipswich was gridlocked on more than one occasion following an accident on the A14 which saw traffic snarled up for hours both on the dual carriageway and through the town as motorists sought diversions.

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