A13 remains closed after lorry crash in Rainham
PUBLISHED: 14:29 14 September 2015 | UPDATED: 16:12 15 September 2015
Motorists are still facing disruption after a lorry crash on the A13 this morning.
The accident saw one of the drivers involved avoid serious injury by jumping out of the window of his stationary lorry seconds before it was crushed by another HGV.
The driver of the other lorry, in his 50s, is being treated for multiple injuries in hospital following the accident, which took place at 9am near Ferry Lane, Rainham.
The A13 in Rainham has been closed since then, with long delays between the Ferry Lane junction and Wennington Interchange.
Queues back to Canning Town, Barking and Rainham were reported at 6pm, with no estimate for the road’s re-opening.
The stationary VolkerHighways lorry was believed to be preparing to close the inside lane for drain cleaning and was parked, when the scrap metal lorry ploughed into it.
The quick-thinking driver, realising his vehicle was about to be hit, dived out of the window of his cab into the road before debris scattered across three lanes on impact.
He was treated for shock but miraculously escaped further injury.
Fire and ambulance crews attended the scene of the crash, which has closed the road eastbound between Ferry Lane and New Road, Rainham.
A third lorry, thought to be a £1million Hydro Cleansing Ltd vehicle, was also damaged.
The fire brigade’s Havering borough commander Chris Drew said: “The driver of the stationary lorry has narrowly escaped injury by jumping out of his cab.
“Scrap metal, debris and diesel has split across the roadway. Fire crews have use sand bags to stop the diesel going into the nearby drains.
“This is going to be a protracted incident and we’d ask people to avoid the area if possible. Firefighters are working with police officers to get the road open as quickly as possible.”
TfL Traffic News posted on Twitter that 80 metres of road needs to be resurfaced after the lorry was recovered, and urged drivers to take alternative routes.
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