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Police may take action against truckers

PUBLISHED: 21:00 27 September 2002 | UPDATED: 12:43 03 March 2010

TWO truckers who caused chaos on the A14 when their lorries flipped over could still face prosecution in connection with the spectacular crashes.

Traffic police are still investigating two incidents which happened during the summer, though the driver involved in a third accident will have no action taken against him.

TWO truckers who caused chaos on the A14 when their lorries flipped over could still face prosecution in connection with the spectacular crashes.

Traffic police are still investigating two incidents which happened during the summer, though the driver involved in a third accident will have no action taken against him.

Officers are still looking into the crash which closed the A14 at the Trimley interchange for four days when a 40ft Securicor Omega truck turned over and got wedged across the dual carriageway on August 13.

The accident happened underneath the interchange – luckily exactly between the two bridges so that westbound vehicles could be diverted up the Trimley sliproad and down the other side back onto the main road.

Driver Andrew Darby from Kent suffered a ruptured spleen and other injuries and spent several days in Ipswich Hospital. He praised the care offered by hospital staff.

His truck, which had just left Felixstowe port, struck the inside lane crash barrier just before the interchange and skidded across the outside lane before swinging back towards the tree-lined embankment and overturning.

A police spokeswoman said that no decision had also yet been made on whether charges would be brought against a driver whose lorry overturned at the notorious dock spur roundabout on the edge of Felixstowe on July 16.

The lorry was turning left to Ipswich from the Port of Felixstowe Road at about 5.30pm when it went across the roundabout, amazingly missing rush-hour traffic crossing the junction, and turned over.

However, police have decided to take no action against the driver of a similar crash at the same point on June 5.

That crash – witnessed by police officers – also involved a truck failing to turn left from the port road and coming across the roundabout and turning over.

Town councillors believe one of the factors involved in the crashes is speed and have asked the Highways Agency if the give-way lines could be put back to force vehicles to slow down when approaching the junction.

But the agency has rejected the request because it would cause tailbacks towards the port, though says it will look at engineering works to improve the left turn.

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