Commuters travelling between Norwich and Beccles endured long delays after an eleven-vehicle crash closed part of the A146 this morning.

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The Norwich Road between Thurton and Loddon was closed for about three hours because of an accident which happened shortly after 7.30am.

Witnesses at the scene suggested the accident was caused by a slippery road and the rising morning sun, blinding drivers heading eastwards towards Lowestoft.

A Norfolk Constabulary spokesman said there were four separate collisions, involving 11 vehicles, with two people suffering minor injuries. Police believe the crashes were caused by a contaminated road surface, with a two-mile spillage of a liquid believed to be oil.

An officer on the scene at 9am said: “There were no serious injuries. The first accident involved seven cars and, while that was being dealt with, there was a subsequent accident involving other vehicles.”

The road was closed between the Ferry Road junction, south of Thurton, and the Chedgrave turn-off, north of Loddon causing long delays and tailbacks. It was re-opened shortly after 10.30am.

At 9am, one of the motorists caught on the Norwich side of the closures said there were three-mile tailbacks towards Framingham Pigot. He said: “What caused it (the accident) was a wet road and the blinding rising sun.”

By 10am, vehicles were being escorted through the Norwich-bound lane, which was helping to ease congestion, but the Lowestoft-bound lane remained closed while awaiting highways officers to clear the spillage from the road.

A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service said a rapid response vehicle attended the scene, and one man was treated for cuts and bruises.

He said: “The man is believed to be in his 40s and was shaken by the incident. He received treatment at the roadside and was not conveyed to hospital.”

Earlier, a separate accident partially closed the A47 at Acle. Police said a two-vehicle crash had left the Acle Straight partially blocked, with traffic queuing in both directions between the Acle roundabout and Yarmouth.

No-one was injured and the accident has since been cleared.

-Were you involved in this morning’s accident at Thurton? Contact reporter Chris Hill on 01603 693892 or chris.hill@archant.co.uk.

9 comments

  • Oh nothing to do with the drivers then. Sun in one's eyes and a slippery road usually means 'slow down'. I do find the reporting of RTA's amusing such as: 'the car just left the road'. All on its own.

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    Jane Bradley

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

  • For that many vehicles to be involved, i presume that they were tailgating, at excess speed and unable to stop before the car in front. Hope the police gave them all 3 points for undue care and attention.

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    stevejo

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

  • sounds like Loose Cannon ought to get out a bit. The 146 is usually so traffic-bound that you're hard pushed to get above 40 before catching the next tractor.

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    john smith

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

  • SteveJo - I was one of the cars counted as the 11 car pile up. I was stationary. The car in front of me was stationary. When a women came round the corner rubber necking the first accident and went straight into the back of me. I was then pushed into the car in front and sandwiched. Are you saying that me and the car infront should all receive 3 points for sitting stationary in traffic at the fault of one driver? When the other two accidents occurred there was tailbacks. So excess speed was not a factor for 3 of the cars in my accident as we were stationary. So I don't agree with your assumption of excess speed. When me and two other drivers were not even moving. Was down to one person rubbernecking.....

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    Sara Knight

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

  • I am just saying that if road conditions are good and weather is fine, that people should travel closer to the maximum limit and not just have one speed that they do. I adjust my driving to suit conditions as we all should. Or they could do as it says in the Highway Code and pull in at the first opportunity and allow following traffic to proceed past

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    DaveG

    Sunday, November 11, 2012

  • so dave are you saying that all traffic should travel at the maximum speed limit?? all the time.as it is a legal maximum speed limit doesnt mean it has to be driven at the limit perhaps if drivers left thier homesoffices etc etc a bit earlier they could then travel at a sensible speed instead of the maximum and more all the time. still it has been spoken about for years and its still the same.

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    i am mostly wrong??

    Thursday, November 8, 2012

  • I travel this road daily and it has an unofficial 46mph speed limit usually caused by some person totally unaware of the 30 cars stuck behind them as they head to the big city to go to the shops.

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    DaveG

    Thursday, November 8, 2012

  • Couldn't see because the sun was rising but I bet the majority were still travelling in excess of the speed limit down that stretch!

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    Loose Cannon

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

  • Loose cannon is spot on, it was dangerouus and they were! I was driving towards Norwich and saw the aftermath of an initial 2 car shunt. The road wasn't that busy and the only tractor was heading to Norwich.......

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    Lardofale

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

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