A12 set to reopen eight hours after lorry overturns

The A12 is set to reopen after being closed for around eight hours, following a lorry overturning at Martlesham.  Initially the incident forced the closure of one lane of the westbound carriageway just before 7am, but a full closure was in put in place to allow recovery of the vehicle just before noon. Now a spokesman for Suffolk Highways said they anticipated the road to be fully reopened by 3pm. 

Overturned lorry on the A12 roundabout in Martlesham near Tesco PIcture: CHARLOTTE BOND

The A12 has been closed for several hours as recovery takes place – Credit: CHARLOTTE BOND

Firefighters were also called to the scene of the crash to assist the ambulance service rescue the driver from the cab of the lorry.  The extent of any injuries is still not yet known. 

The lorry was recovered on Monday afternoon. 

The lorry was recovered on Monday afternoon. – Credit: Suffolk Highways LJ Transportation was called to recover the lorry. 

The company provides breakdown and recovery services, throughout Essex, Suffolk and Cambridge.  In an update on Twitter, Suffolk Highways wrote: “The lorry is now being removed from the carriageway to a safe location.” On Facebook, motorists shared the scene was “carnage” as traffic built up as a result of the overturned lorry, with some reporting being stuck in traffic for several hours. 

Stuart Copple said; “Saw that lorry overturned this morning, it looked dreadful, but hope the man is ok.”  Tracy Caraccio said: “Avoid, it’s carnage, traffic backed for miles.”  Jayne Ward shared she was caught in delays for more than two hours.

She said: I’ve literally been sat in this for over two hours as I didn’t see this had happened.” 

Joanna Harper estimated at least a “five mile radius” of gridlock issues as a result of the closure.