Overturned lorry closes A40 near Asthall for 12 hours

The overturned lorry, photographed by reader Liam Walker

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IT was an apple turnover that left a very sour taste.

A fruit lorry containing apples and pears overturned on the A40 yesterday and caused drivers huge problems for nearly 12 hours.

The accident happened at 6am near the Asthall Barrow roundabout, between Burford and Minster Lovell.

About half an hour later a second lorry, from Gloucestershire's Shipton flour mill, became stuck, adding to the queues.

Long delays were reported as one lane was blocked and traffic snaked in both directions.

And the road was closed between the B4477 Brize Norton turning, west of Witney, and Burford at about 9am to allow recovery. The A40 reopened at 5.30pm.

Police said the delay was due to the contents of the lorry having to be unloaded before it could be turned upright.

A diversion was put in place via the A361 and through Carterton.

Rush-hour drivers were advised to avoid the area.

The lorry driver suffered minor injuries and was taken to Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital.

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5:36pm Sat 23 Mar 13

nickwilcock says...

If this accident was caused by the truck toppling after exiting the roundabout, it would highlight what a really stupid idea it would be to inflict another roundabout on the A40 at the proposed Downs Raod junction.

Can OCC Highways not understand that roundabouts on busy main roads merely add delay, danger and frustration?
If this accident was caused by the truck toppling after exiting the roundabout, it would highlight what a really stupid idea it would be to inflict another roundabout on the A40 at the proposed Downs Raod junction. Can OCC Highways not understand that roundabouts on busy main roads merely add delay, danger and frustration? nickwilcock
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