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Stowmarket lorry driver hurt in crash

PUBLISHED: 11:00 31 January 2002 | UPDATED: 15:24 03 March 2010

GRIDLOCK again.

Only eight days after an overturned lorry caused mayhem on the A12, traffic travelling through Suffolk was once more facing total chaos.

GRIDLOCK again.

Only eight days after an overturned lorry caused mayhem on the A12, traffic travelling through Suffolk was once more facing total chaos.

Two articulated lorries collided head-on on the Cambridge-bound carriageway of the A14 near to the junction with the A11 at Kentford shortly before 4.40am today causing tailbacks which at one stage stretched back 10 miles.

It is thought a white Scania lorry had crashed into the central reservation and then collided with a Volvo insulated lorry travelling in the opposite direction.

As a result of the accident, the westbound carriageway was completely blocked and only one lane of the Ipswich-bound carriageway remained clear.

Tailbacks quickly built up and at peak rush hour they stretched towards Bury St Edmunds.

Emergency services from Suffolk and Cambridgeshire were at the scene throughout the morning, creating diversions and clearing the road.

The ambulance service was also called to take the lorry drivers to Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge. Both suffered minor injuries.

One of them was a 42-year-old, from Stowmarket, who was driving the Scania, and a 30-year-old man, from Norfolk, who was behind the wheel of the other truck.

Motorists using the major route through Suffolk and Cambridgeshire were left frustrated as the roads around the A14 between Bury and Newmarket became packed with traffic as people tried to find alternate routes.

Official diversions took traffic off the A14 at Kentford and through the centre of Newmarket but it remained slow moving at all times.

Recovery vehicles were on the scene by about 8.30am and had removed the lorries by 10am. However the A14 was not expected to be fully open until noon.

The accident comes just over a week after a Scania lorry hit the concrete side reservation on the A12 at Stratford St Mary. This led to the closure of the southbound carriageway of the A12.

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