Road reopens after lorry carrying live Bernard Matthews turkeys crashed near Notcutts nursery in Norwich

The scene of the overturned lorry carrying live turkeys at Daniels Road roundabout with Newmarket Ro

The scene of the overturned lorry carrying live turkeys at Daniels Road roundabout with Newmarket Road. Picture: Martin George. - Credit: Archant

A lorry carrying live turkeys crashed at a roundabout in Norwich on Tuesday causing long delays, but the road has reopened.

The lorry turned on its side at the roundabout between Newmarket Road and Daniels Road, near Notcutts nursery, just before 11.30am.

Brian Buckenham, who lives nearby said: 'One of the council blokes working nearby said he heard a mighty bang.

'We just came back from the city and an ambulance came bombing past the bus.

'We had a look and there was the lorry lying on the side. It's just nasty, really nasty.'

The RSPCA was called scene to help the birds which were lifted onto a replacement lorry at about 3.45pm.

Stephen Bale, animal welfare officer at Bernard Matthews, said the birds were being transported from a farm to the factory.

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He said: 'Because they are adult stags they are fairly calm. They were panting when the lorry was enclosed, but the fire service gave us a fan to blow cool air through.

'We had two that started wandering, but the rest just stayed there.'

He was unable to say how many birds were on the lorry, but said the majority had survived, and added: 'They are robust creatures.'

An ambulance crew and rapid response vehicle attended to the driver, aged in his 40s, whose injuries were described by the ambulance service as 'minor'.

He was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital with facial injuries.

The crash, which did not involve any other vehicles, happened at the exit onto Daniels Road.

The junction of the roundabout and Daniels Road remained closed this afternoon and the lorry was righted at around 3pm.

Another lorry was waiting at the scene for the birds to be transferred onto.

The road reopened at 6.15pm, a spokesman for Norfolk Police said.

One crew of firefighters from Sprowston were sent to the scene, where they dealt with fuel that leaked on to the road.

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