Going going, gone - driver captures moment tower of straw bales collapses into middle of A146

Going, going, gone... The straw bales on the A146 at Yelverton

Going, going, gone... The straw bales on the A146 at Yelverton - Credit: Archant

A Lowestoft photographer captured the moment six straw bales fell across the A146 at Thurton on Wednesday afternoon causing delays for motorists.

Straw bales toppled into the A146 between Norwich and Beccles. Christopher Mortimer

Straw bales toppled into the A146 between Norwich and Beccles. Christopher Mortimer - Credit: Archant

Christopher Mortimer, 32, was travelling towards Beccles from Norwich at 2.40pm when he saw the straw bales scattered on the Beccles bound carriageway.

The photographer has been driving past the farm for years and said the straw bales have always been stacked up along the road.

The bales toppled into the A146 between Norwich and Beccles. Christopher Mortimer

The bales toppled into the A146 between Norwich and Beccles. Christopher Mortimer - Credit: Archant

'I have been driving on that road for 25 years and the bales have always looked like they could fall onto the road,' he said. 'When I drove past the other day there were eight wooden beams keeping them upright but it looked like the Leaning Tower of Pisa.'

The bales belonged to farmer Christopher Cole of Orchard Farm who believes they toppled into the road after a large gust of wind.

Straw bales toppled into the A146 between Norwich and Beccles. Christopher Mortimer

Straw bales toppled into the A146 between Norwich and Beccles. Christopher Mortimer - Credit: Archant


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'They had been leaning that way for a while but I have been stacking straw there since 1971 and have never had a problem,' he said.

'I was actually down the road when it happened and I think a whirl of wind was responsible. One man was not happy because it nearly hit his car.'

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Police were called to farm near Yelverton where they helped Mr Cole clear the straw bales from the road.

Motorists faced queues over half-a-mile long as they worked to clear the road with the clean-up hindered when the farmer's tractor broke down.

The road eventually reopened at 3.10pm.

Mr Mortimer added: 'If someone had been travelling around that corner at 60mph it could have been really dangerous. It is lucky that no one got hurt.'

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