16:52 Tuesday 04 December 2012

A38 crash causes traffic chaos


MOTORISTS have faced traffic chaos after a collision between a fuel tanker and an articulated lorry caused a major road near Burton to be closed twice.

Traffic congestion in Burton - December 4, 2012
Traffic congestion in Burton - December 4, 2012

Police were called to the crash at 10.45am today (Tuesday, December 4) on the southbound carriageway of the A38 near Branston.

Derbyshire Police and Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service attended the scene and the road was closed between Branston and Clay Mills.

One lane of the carriageway was re-opened at 11.15am, but emergency services were forced to close the road again at 1.30pm to remove the affected vehicles and carry out repair work to a barrier.

The accident was the second of the day on the A38, with a three-car collision at the Toyota island, near Burnaston, at 8.45am, resulting in the southbound slip road being closed for two hours.

As the rush hour approached, traffic was backed-up as far as Willington and many drivers chose to exit the A38 and divert through the village to get to Burton.

The traffic problems were exacerbated by roadworks in Willington Road, Willington, and Stapenhill Road, Burton. The A38 was fully reopened at 3.50pm.

See Wednesday's Burton Mail for the full story.

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