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Rush hour chaos expected as A12 remains shut

The A12 southbound in Essex will remain closed into this evening's rush hour after lorry veered off a bridge.

The carriageway is closed between junction 25 Marks Tey and junction 20 Hatfield Peveral.

Chief Inspector Nick Lee said: "This was a serious road traffic collision where a man died.

"The recovery operation of the lorry is complex due to the nature of the load it is carrying.

"All the emergency services involved need to be sure the vehicle can be moved safely and ensure there is no risk to the staff involved or other road users.

"We appreciate this closure will disrupt people’s journeys home from work and we are doing all we can to re-open the road as soon as possible.

"We appreciate the continued co-operation and understanding of the public.”

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Police confirm lorry driver died in A12 crash

The crash scene on the A12. Credit: Joe McCallum

Police have confirmed the driver of a lorry which crashed off a bridge and onto the A12 below has died.

The lorry burst into flames after landing on the southbound carriageway, near Witham, just before 3.45pm on Wednesday.

Essex Police said a man in his 30s was pronounced dead by paramedics shortly after the crash and his next-of-kin has been informed.

The road is likely to remain closed, southbound, between Marks Tey and Boreham until lunchtime Thursday.

A12 remains shut southbound after lorry plunges off bridge

The lorry burst into flames Credit: A12, Essex

The A12 is expected to remain shut southbound until lunchtime today (9th February) after a lorry plunged off a bridge onto a carriageway below.

It happened at around 15:45 yesterday at Witham in Essex.

Recovery work is ongoing and the road is shut between J25 A120 Marks Tey and J19 A130 Boreham Interchange, Chelmsford.

Once the investigation has concluded Highways England will carry out any repairs and complete the recovery of the vehicle. The road will be opened as soon as it is safe to do so.

Traffic is being diverted via the A120, the A131, the A130 and back on to the A12. Road users intending on using the A12 southbound carriageway are advised to allow additional time for their journeys.

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Lorry plunges off bridge onto A12

The scene on the A12
The lorry beside the A12 Credit: Joe McCallum

A lorry has fallen off a bridge over the A12 in Essex and burst into flames. It happened on the southbound carriageway at Witham.

The road is currently blocked in both directions at Coleman's Bridge, that is junction 22 with the B1389, and drivers are being advised to avoid the area.

Police say the road is likely to remain closed for several hours.

Chloe Willis, 20, was in a car travelling to a hockey match with friends and was "about five seconds away" from the accident.

The psychology student told the Press Association "black smoke covered the sky" as the lorry caught fire.

The scene of the lorry crash

We had to come to an emergency stop as soon as we saw this lorry turned on its side. A big puff of black smoke covered the sky and all the people in cars started to panic. You could see where the barriers on the bridge had broken when the lorry had come through.

– Chloe Willis, Eyewitness
The scene of the lorry crash

Man arrested over armed security van raid

Police outside the scene Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man has been arrested in connection with an armed robbery of a security van in Witham.

The 34-year-old from Romford was arrested by officers including specialist firearms officers in Billericay High Street last night. He's currently in custody for questioning.

The Witham raid took place on Wednesday morning with reports two security guards were robbed at gunpoint by three men outside Asda in Highfields Road.

The suspects got away with a six figure sum of money.

Police are still appealing for anyone with camera footage or photographs to come forward.

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