Rush-hour delays as M50 closed by overturned truck
Published 19/06/2010 | 05:00
A section of the M50 was closed yesterday after a lorry overturned, causing delays to motorists.
The truck, understood to have been carrying either cement or lime, went out of control on a slip-road at the Red Cow interchange and overturned before crashing into a barrier.
The incident happened at around 4am and the barrier was left hanging over the motorway's southbound carriageway, posing a danger to traffic below.
The driver of the 25-tonne lorry is understood not to have suffered any serious injuries. He was treated for shock.
A section of the motorway was closed in both directions for an hour from 11am to allow workers to remove the truck and the barrier. A number of traffic restrictions and diversions were then put in place during the afternoon as repair works continued.
AA Roadwatch reported "extremely heavy delays" on approaches to the junction during yesterday's evening rush hour.
A spokesman for the National Roads Authority warned of the possibility of more delays in the coming days as a permanent barrier is installed.
"The truck was removed at around midday and a temporary concrete barrier had to be put in place," he said. "More permanent repairs will have to take place over the next week to two weeks."