Coppins Bridge in Newport has now fully re-opened after a meat lorry overturned during this morning’s rush hour, blocking the road.
Emergency services were called to the Island’s busiest junction at around 07:15 when a lorry rolled over and came to a rest on its side, as first reported by Island Echo. It’s thought the vehicle hit a high kerb.
The driver sustained minor injuries in the crash and was taken to St Mary’s Hospital for treatment.
Traffic was backed up for a significant distance on all approaches as Police closed down lanes and forced traffic towards St George’s Roundabout. As the morning progressed lanes were opened allowing motorists to travel up South Street, but only now has the roundabout fully re-opened.
Stag Lane Motors have successfully righted and recovered the vehicle after its contents of raw meat – predominantly pork – was unloaded by hand by WA Foods.
Island Roads were called in to put spill kit down on the carriageway due to a leak from the lorry, with the solid refrigerated body separating from the chassis.
Traffic is expected to return to normal levels prior to this evening’s rush hour.
WA Foods, who assisted authorities with clearing the meat, have confirmed that the carcasses will be collected by the slaughterhouse company for disposal in due course.