A MAN has been killed after a van crashed into the back of a lorry on the A38 at Burton, closing a seven-mile section of the road.
All emergency services, including the Midlands Air Ambulance, were called to the accident at 2.50pm yesterday on the southbound carriageway between Branston and Clay Mills.
A spokesman for Staffordshire Police confirmed a man had died at the scene.
He said that inquiries were now under way to establish the man’s identity and inform his relatives of the tragedy.
The man was the van driver. The lorry driver, believed to be in his 40s or 50s had back pain. He was take to Burton’s Queen’s Hospital with use of a spinal board.
The smash involved a white van and a lorry. Diversions were put into place in a bid to ease congestion.
Police closed the southbound carriageway from Claymills to Branston while recovery of the vehicles took place, with queues backed up for miles.
The Highways Agency put a diversion in place that took motorists through Burton town centre, while police advised motorists to avoid using the A38, which they said would be ‘closed for a considerable time’.
Ambulance crews, a senior paramedic officer and a rapid response vehicle were all in attendance, as well as an air ambulance.
A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “We can confirm it is a fatal road traffic collision involving a man.
“Our inquiries are ongoing while we try to identify the man and trace his family.
“The incident involved two vehicles on the A38 southbound between Claymills and Branston.”