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A12 lorry crash: Police check for further fatalities

The lorry veered off a bridge on Wednesday. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police in Essex say they're checking there were no other fatalities involved in a lorry crash earlier this week.

A HGV plunged off a bridge over the A12 at Witham and on to the road below on Wednesday. The driver was killed.

Due to the severe damage to the lorry, Essex Police said it was being searched to check for other victims.

One lane of the A12 southbound carriageway has now reopened.

As there was extensive damage to the vehicle, work is also being carried out to ensure that there have been no other casualties as a result of the collision.

The trailer has been forensically recovered by the multi-agency response team and is being searched to ensure that there are no other fatalities.

– Essex Police spokesperson

Travel - Lane still closed after lorry plunges off bridge

One lane remains closed southbound on the A12 at Witham in Essex Credit: ITV Anglia

One lane remains closed southbound on the A12 at Witham in Essex following Wednesday's lorry crash.

There is still no access to the road at Junction 22. The HGV burst into flames after landing on the southbound carriageway, near Witham.

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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.

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
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