A34 Closure Abingdon Southbound, Oxfordshire. Thursday 26 February 2015
The southbound A34 in Oxfordshire was closed for approximately 11 hours on Thursday 26 February due to an overturned HGV which blocked the carriageway between the junctions of the A423 (the South Hinksey junction) and the A415 (the Marcham junction), causing congestion in parts of nearby Oxford and Abingdon.
At 4:12am, the Highways Agency was alerted by Thames Valley Police that a Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) had overturned on the A34 southbound near Sunningwell in Oxfordshire. The HGV had come to rest on its side, obstructing both lanes and preventing traffic from being able to pass. Crews from Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue service and South Central Ambulance Service also attended.
Thames Valley Police promptly closed the carriageway between the junctions of the A423 and the A415. The Highways Agency immediately dispatched its contractors to assist the emergency services and began to alert the public by activating the roadside electronic signs, issuing tweets on social media and publishing information on its website. In addition, our advisors working 24 / 7 at our contact call centre were on-hand and available to assist customers. Later in the day, the Highways Agency also issued a Press Release. You can read this Press Release by clicking on the link below:
A number of motorists found themselves ‘trapped’ on the A34, unable to pass the scene of the accident but by 6:51am, the police had released all of this trapped traffic.
Specialist recovery trucks arrived at the scene and by 8:45am, the overturned HGV had been righted back onto its wheels. However, it was then identified that some of the drums of liquid chemicals that the HGV had been transporting, were damaged and leaking a small amount of fluid. Although there was no danger to the public, it was necessary for specialist HazChem units from the Fire and Rescue Service to attend the scene of the accident and deal with this problem.
Throughout the day, the Highways Agency held a number of teleconferences with Oxfordshire county council, the emergency services, contractors and other partners to ensure that the incident was resolved as quickly and as safely as possible.
A local diversion route using the solid black triangle diversion signage directed customers who had been diverted-off the A34 at the South Hinksey junction (A423), back to the A34 at the Marcham junction (A415).
By 2:06pm, the chemical spill had all been treated, the load that was being transported by the HGV had been secured and the overturned HGV itself had been removed from the scene by the recovery trucks. Contractors from the Highways Agency then immediately set to work treating the road surface and ensuring that it was safe for motorists to drive on. The carriageway then re-opened at 3:07pm.
The Highways Agency would like to thank customers for their patience during this protracted incident and to the residents of Abingdon and the surrounding area, for the added congestion on local roads caused by this closure.
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