A11 reopens after fatal crash caused 13 hour closure

The A11 closed at Fiveways Roundabout (Barton Mills) after an accident. The A11 closed at Fiveways Roundabout (Barton Mills) after an accident.

Monday, May 19, 2014
4:30 PM

The A11 has reopened just ahead of the start of the rush hour, after a fatal crash closed the route for 13 hours.

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Earlier indications from the Highways Agency suggested that the road could remain closed throughout the rush hour period following the two vehicle collision at around 1.45am this morning.

But a spokesman for the agency said it had been reopened at 4.40pm after damage caused by one of the cars bursting into flames was repaired.

The spokesman said: “The Highways Agency and its contractors have worked hard with partners including the police to reopen the road as soon as it is safe to do so. After the police concluded their investigation at the scene, the road was inspected for damage, repaired and resurfaced.

“The road reopened at 16:40. There are residual delays in the area and drivers are advised to plan their journeys and allow extra time to travel.”

The road had been expected to reopen at around 2pm after five metres of the road was damaged when one of the vehicles involved in the crash burst into flames.

Diversions caused major bottlenecks in Brandon, with delays of up to 90 minutes being reported by motorists.

The fatal crash saw a man die and another taken to West Suffolk Hospital with minor injuries.

Any witnesses to the collision are being asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Team at Suffolk Police on 101.

12 comments

  • @ Norfolk John: "Once a body is removed, how long does it take to bulldoze car wreckage off the carriageway …" I wonder if you yourself have lost family or close friends in road accidents recently? I think that readers who have might take a different view of the priorities in situations like this.

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    gilded beams

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

  • Voice of Reason - would you give two hoots if it was YOUR relative who died? What about if one of the drivers was drunk or on drugs? Would you want to see them off the road so they can't do it again (this is hypothetical - I'm not accusing anyone in this particular incident)? The police are obliged to investigate any sudden death, and they couldn't work on the road until the police had gathered all the evidence, which includes marks on the road. What if it was the road construction itself that caused the accident - that could mean that all the road surface already installed must be removed and relaid to make it safe, otherwise more accidents could occur. Until the police can determine the cause of the incident, potentially lots of people could be at risk. You'd give two hoots if you thought the road was inherently dangerous for drivers, wouldn't you?

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    So_Many_Haters!

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

  • No TMresident, you are wrong. The vast majority of people could not give two hoots about trying to find someone to blame and would rather just see the road open ASAP. These incidents are accidents and, in the real world, accidents do happen.

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    Voice of Reason

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

  • I just wonder how NJ would feel if it was his loved one who had lost their life only for some jerk to troll a page to complain about how long the investigation took because he was worried about being delayed. Pathetic.

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    Tootyfrooty

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • @Norfolk John: "the priority must be to get the traffic moving" - really? No, in a word. The priority is to conduct a thorough investigation into what happened, which can only be done properly with everything in situ. What a ridiculous and ignorant comment to make.

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    tmresident

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • When there is a fatal crash, the police are obliged to investigate it FULLY. Just as they investigate any sudden death such as murder. They have to establish all the factors, such as the road conditions, signs, junctions, possible light bounding from other vehicles, etc. From marks on the road they can determine the movements of the vehicles at the moment of impact. If it was a murder, would you want the police to pop in, take a couple of snaps on a smartphone then send in the cleaners? Until the police are done, the road crews cannot start. When they're done they have to ensure the surface is cool & level. As for using the old Elveden A11, what about the junction with the new road? If that has been removed while the new road is worked on, it wouldn't be a viable for for a diversion: it would have taken just as long to make that for for traffic add opening the new road again.

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    So_Many_Haters!

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • After sitting for 2 hours to travel this short stretch i think the road should have been opened much sooner.. Its not like they had to wait for the surfacing crews to turn up.. they are already on site. But then the diversion should have put people back onto the A11 at the Elveden village bit or... why not use the other side of the carriageway even if only for today ? its all finished anyway... and then Why did both directions have to remain shut ? But yes.. it may have taken me 2 hours longer to get home but at least I made it. Some chap didnt

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    andre smith

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • When someone is killed, the collision site becomes a crime scene. If someone had killed a relative of yours due to dangerous driving, would you want them to face justice...or not and bulldozer the site clear.

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    Col

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • Keep 'em coming John.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • There is no doubting the fact that roads are closed too long nowadays. Something which Mr Bett needs to look at. This one was always going to take a while to reopen because of damage to the carriageway. But 13 hours, come on people, surely that was far too long.

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    BG

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • I totally agree with Norfolk John. This delay is a disgrace.

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    Voice of Reason

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • "....the police trying to find someone to blame ..." .Someone has died you callous idiot , so someone might well be to blame . ".... Highways Agency try to avoid being sued if there was another accident or a car got damaged by the road surface..." . The road surface IS damaged and until it is repaired it might well cause another accident . Have you been drinking ?

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Monday, May 19, 2014

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