A LANE had to be closed on the A38 during yesterday’s morning rush hour after a manhole cover collapsed – causing miles of tailbacks.
A member of the public alerted the police at around 6.45am after noticing a hole in the northbound carriageway near Branston.
Staffordshire Police and the highways agency had to put a road closure in place on the carriageway opposite Marley Tiles after the manhole cover seemingly fell into the hole.
A police spokesman told the Mail: “We received a call at 6.45am this morning from a member of the public reporting a manhole with no cover on the A38, one mile from the Barton Turn junction.
“The cover appears to have fallen into the hole and police and highways are looking at putting a lane closure into place to get that sorted and make it safe.”
Traffic queued back as far back as Alrewas on the northbound side as a result of the lane closure.
Motorist James Michaels, who travels to work in Burton from Fradley, was caught up in the delays.
He told the Mail: “I hit the queues just as I got to Alrewas and the traffic was slow then right up until the incident near Branston.
“As I drove past I saw a police officer had closed the lane for a short distance and noticed the manhole was uncovered.”
Meanwhile, a collision between a truck and a car on the opposite side of the carriageway caused further problems during the morning.
Police were called to the A38 Branston underpass just before 8am.
The collision involved a Ford Ka and a green Iveco truck. There were believed to be no injuries.