UPDATE: Shut A11 expected to reopen mid-afternoon after fatal crash near Barton Mills
PUBLISHED: 16:29 19 May 2014 | UPDATED: 16:29 19 May 2014
A man has died after a serious crash on the A11 on a new section of road at Barton Mills, with the road completely shut in both directions.
The dual carriageway is closed between Fiveways in Mildenhall and Elveden Forest in Elveden following the two vehicle collision around 1.45am this morning.
A spokeswoman for the Highways Agency said the road is expected to reopen mid-afternoon or as soon as is safe thereafter.
Officers are investigating the scene and a diversion is in operation via the A134 and A14.
There was a single occupant in each car, with one man dead and the other driver taken to West Suffolk Hospital with minor injuries.
A spokesman for Suffolk police said the road would be closed for a “quite considerable” amount of time due to damage to the road surface when one vehicle caught on fire.
Repairs to the road surface are being carried out.
The Highways Agency spokeswoman said a five metre stretch of tarmac had been damaged by the incident. There was no indication of how long repairs would take at this point.
Any witnesses to this collision are asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Team at Suffolk Police on 101.
There is a northbound diversion at Fiveways to follow the A1065 northbbound to Brandon then southbound along the B1107 to rejoin the A11 at Thetford.
The southbound diversion is currently the A134 southbound to Bury St Edmunds and the A14 westbound to Newmarket.
Road users should allow extra time for their journeys in the area and may wish to consider alternative routes.
A lorry also shed its load of roughly 20 tonnes of paper at the Fiveways roundabout at around 7.30pm. It has now been cleared.