Derby crash: Huge tailbacks after lorry collision partially closes A38

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The A38 in Derby remains closed northbound near Findern due to a serious crash on Wednesday afternoon.

It comes as three emergency services have been called to a collision between two lorries on the northbound carriageway between Findern and Kingsway.

Drivers are currently stuck in huge tailbacks stretching as far as Willington and the incident is also having an impact on traffic across the city with heavy delays.

Motorists are still being advised to avoid the area while the incident is dealt with.

One eyewitness, who did not wish to be named, said: "The ambulance is inspecting a guy now. It looks like a van and a couple of other delivery vans and they all seem to have smashed into each other."

Others at the scene said the A38 has been closed in both northbound and southbound directions.

Other witnesses also said that there appear to be "military trucks" at the scene although it is unclear if they have been involved in the crash or are aiding in the emergency response.

Another witness said schoolchildren were unable to cross the bridge over the A38 where parents are waiting for them on the other side.

The witness said that parents were "worried and panicking".

One resident travelling from Swadlincote to the city has also been in touch about her travel time.

The resident said their sat nav was showing it would take them up to an hour to get home to Derby.

Officers have revealed some details about what has taken place.

A spokesperson from the force said: "Motorists are being advised to avoid the A38 in Derby due to a serious collision.

"All emergency services were called to a collision between two lorries on the northbound carriageway between Findern and Kingsway.

"The call was received at 1.45pm. Officers have closed both carriageways of the A38 between Findern and Kingsway while work at the scene continues.

"Traffic in the area is backing up and we are advising motorists to avoid the area if possible."

National Highways East Midlands tweeted about the incident, it wrote: "Please note, due to several incidents around #Derby, the road network is very busy, and our traffic officers are working very hard to keep you moving.

"Please plan your journeys and consider alternative routes."

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service confirmed they were in attendance.

A spokesperson said: "We got a call out at 13.59 and are in attendance. We have crews from Kingsway, Nottingham Road and Ascot Drive.

"The police are leading with this. That is all we can say at this time."