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A34 south of Newbury remains closed following lorry spill

One lane northbound also closed

John Herring

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Overturned lorry on the A34 causing travel chaos

The A34 south of Newbury remains closed this evening (Wed), after an artic lorry was involved in a collision with the central reservation this morning and shed its load.

One lane of the A34 northbound also remains closed, according to Highways England.

There are delays this evening of approximately one hour southbound and 40 minutes northbound.

A diversion is in place via the A4, A339, before rejoining the A34 at Tot Hill.

Highways England advise the road is unlikely to re-open until later this evening (Wed), and not until repairs have been completed to 50m of steel barrier and 16 barrier supports are set in concrete in the central reservation. 

Specialist teams were also at the scene this evening clearing up debris shed from the lorry, which left boxes flung across the road, containing flammables, organic peroxides and corrosives.

This was after the lorry overturned on the A34 just after the A4 junction at Speen, with firefighters called to the scene at 6.30am.

Firefighters helped to secure bulk containers and cut away the side of the lorry, so that it could be put back on its wheels. 

A Thames Valley Police (TVP) spokeswoman, Charlotte Redman, said that the driver was not thought to be injured.  

Police have advised motorists to avoid the area.

(Pictures from Hampshire Roads Policing and Gill Walker)  

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  • Ringo

    27/08/2015 - 22:10

    Why are so many Lorries overturning on our roads ,with no other vehicle involved .I have seen lorry drivers steering with thier elbows ,on the phone ,reading thier paperwork for the job and weaving all over the road may be they should be restricted to one lane only and no more than 50 mph to save other drivers from hold ups and injury

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  • Charmingliz

    26/08/2015 - 14:02

    My poor daughter and boyfriend are stuck in it. Think they need to get a better sat nav lol

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  • Charmingliz

    26/08/2015 - 14:02

    My poor daughter and boyfriend are stuck in it. Think they need to get a better sat nav lol

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  • HungryHugo

    26/08/2015 - 13:01

    maybe you should look at reopening the didcot to winchester railway line, and perhaps less people will use this road. As the case maybe that its getting to be one of the most dangerous roads in the country

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