A man has died following a serious crash on the A50 in South Derbyshire last night, July 10, which saw the road closed for six hours.
The A50 was closed in both directions yesterday on Monday, July 10, following a collision involving two vehicles just before 3pm. One of the vehicles ended up on its roof.
The accident happened on the eastbound carriageway shortly before 2.55pm between the junctions with the A6 to Derby and Alvaston and the A5132 to Swarkestone Bridge, Melbourne and Swadlincote.
The driver, thought to be a man in his 30s, died at the scene. He has not yet been formally identified, said a Derbyshire police spokesman.
Traffic information website Inrix said that one vehicle had been overturned during the crash.
Witnesses took to social media to say a car had rolled over and that traffic was backing up as a result.
Initially both sides of the A50 was closed. an air ambulance landed on the carriageway. One side was later opened to drivers.
Highways England announced at 9.20pm that the road had re-opened on both sides, six hours after the collosion. The closure caused major problems for motorists heading for the M1 or the A38 in the other direction. It lead to other routes being much busier than normal as drivers attempted to find other routes around the accident.
Tributes have been coming in on social media. Widgy Tizz said on the Burton Mail's Facebook page said: "My thoughts to family and friends. RIP young man.
Lynne Baddeley said: "So sad thoughts go to family and prayers."
Advice on the Highways England website at the time said that the A50 was not expected to reopen until at least 1am.
Derbyshire police are appealing for witnesses who may had been the accident or either of the vehicles just before the accident. They have been urged to get in touch by calling 101, quoting incident 571 on July 10.