December 5 2013 Latest news:
Friday, September 27, 2013
The A149 near Sutton and Catfield has reopened seven hours after it was blocked by an overturned egg lorry.
The main route became blocked in both directions, between the Moor Road and the New Road junctions, at 9.10am - when a HGV overturned and came to a stop on its side, blocking both carriageways. It reopened at 4.15pm.
The lorry driver suffered minor injuries in the incident.
A spokesman for Norfolk Police said: “We were called at 9.10am to the A149 at Catfield where a lorry had overturned spilling eggs onto the verge. The road remains blocked and recovery is being arranged at the moment.”
Environment Agency (EA) workers were sent to the scene to ensure the eggs did not contaminate a nearby water supply, building a dam-like structure to keep the eggs inside the HGV.
The EA said the spillage had so far been contained and there was no environmental impact, however they had asked the internal drainage board to switch off a neaby pumping station as a precaution.
Turning the lorry upright posed a problem for the emergency services as the vehicle stretched across the entire road, with ditches on both sides. It was eventually recovered and the road reopened just before 4.15pm.