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A1 northbound carriageway reopens after lorry crash

Fruit and veg scattered across the southbound carriageway Credit: ITV News

The Highways Agency has released the following statement in relation to the A1 crash:

The A1 is currently closed southbound between the A46 and A52 for vehicle recovery and emergency carriageway resurfacing following an earlier serious incident.

All traffic is advised to leave the A1 southbound and follow the diamond symbol via the A46 southbound through Newark-on-Trent to Saxondale. Take the A52 eastbound to rejoin the A1 at Grantham.

Please note the earlier closure of the northbound carriageway has been removed and is now fully open.

Due to the length of the diversion and long delays on approach to the closures, drivers are advised to allow plenty of extra time for their journey or consider alternative routes.

– Highways Agency

A1 disruption expected for rest of the day

The A1 remains closed near Grantham this lunchtime after a collision involving two vehicles this morning.

Credit: Twitter / @CIPhilVickers

A large-goods vehicle (LGV) carrying fruit and vegetables collided with a Highways England vehicle which was removing cones.

Both vehicles were set alight and the fire is still being put out on the LGV which remains on the road.

The A1 northbound carriageway, although not damaged, has been closed for safety reasons.

The southbound carriageway has been badly damaged - with the road requiring resurfacing.

Police say damage to the central reservation means around seven hours of work will be required before the road can be opened again. This work can only begin once the LGV has been cleared.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area and follow the diversion routes where possible.

Nobody was seriously hurt in the collision.


Severe delays warning after crash closes A1

Credit: Twitter / @CIPhilVickers

Motorists have been warned to expect long delays after the closure of the A1 following a crash involving two lorries this morning.

According to reports, both south lanes need 100m of resurfacing. Motorists have complained about sitting in standstill traffic for more than an hour.

A1 closed near Grantham after crash involving two lorries

The A1 has been closed in both direction following a crash involving two lorries near Grantham.

Fruit and veg clear-up after A1 collision Credit: Twitter / @CIPhilVickers

Dramatic pictures from the scene show significant damage to the road surface.

Motorists have been urged to avoid the area as crews deal with the aftermath.

Credit: Twitter / @CIPhilVickers

Young pony found with severe legs wounds

A young pony has been found with severe legs wounds in Lincolnshire.

Credit: RSPCA

The piebald filly, which had severe injuries to her hind leg, was discovered near a remote country lane near Grantham yesterday.

Despite hoping to save her, on advice of the vet who was present, the pony was euthanised to end her severe pain and suffering.

The pony was not microchipped and was found with no identification. Anyone with any information about her owner is urged to contact the RSPCA.

It seems the poor pony was then dumped in a remote location where she would not be found, and left to die in severe pain. The injury was very large and clearly visible, so it’s likely she was been kept in a private location until now, as we’re sure members of the public would have reported her terrible wound immediately upon seeing it.

– Ian Callingham, RSPCA inspector


Man dies in industrial incident

A 48-year-old man has died after an industrial incident at his place of work in Grantham.

Parker Hannifin factory in Grantham.

The incident happened at the factory of Parker Hannifin on Londonthorpe Road at 9.40am yesterday morning.

It is understood that the victim became trapped under some machinery and died at the scene.

Flags at the Parker Hannifin factory in Grantham are at half-mast this morning.

Thatcher alias revealed in papers

Margaret Thatcher had the pseudonym "Mrs Stone" when travelling to America, newly-released official documents show.

Former prime minister Margaret Thatcher Credit: Press Association

A declassified US Department of State file shows the former prime minister, from Grantham in Lincolnshire, travelled under the name in 2002 when flying to Miami.

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