A lorry has rolled over and come to a rest on its side on Coppins Bridge in Newport this morning (Tuesday).
The incident has occurred on the Island’s busiest junction near the turning for South Street and Pyle Street.
Emergency services have been alerted to the crash, which occurred shortly before 07:15.
The road is said to be blocked.
UPDATE @ 07:40 – Traffic is becoming very heavy in and around Newport, with police officers directing motorists on parts of Coppins Bridge.
All traffic from Fairlee Road/Staplers Road is being diverted via St George’s Way towards Matalan roundabout.
The incident is expected to have a huge knock-on effect to this morning’s rush hour traffic.
UPDATE @ 07:55 – The driver of the lorry has sustained minor injuries and has been taken to St Mary’s Hospital.
Island Echo understands the lorry is carrying meat – namely pigs – for delivery to local shops.
It is thought the incident was caused by the vehicle’s wheels coming into contact wit a high kerb on the inside of the roundabout.
UPDATE @ 08:21 – Stag Lane Motors have arrived on scene and are working on a plan to safely recover the lorry.
Island Roads have implemented road closures and are now putting down spill kit to absorb fluid spilt on the carriageway.
UPDATE @ 08:30 – The chassis of the lorry is now going to be pulled back together with the body but not before the contents of the lorry is removed.
It’s understood there is several tonnes of meat on board, which is now spoiling.
Traffic is now able to travel up South Street, easing some of the pressure on Coppins Bridge. The area remains gridlocked.
UPDATE @ 09:52 – The meat is now being unloaded from the lorry by local butchers WA Foods, however, the meat will no longer be fit for consumption.
Once the meat has been unloaded the vehicle will be righted and removed by Stag Lane Motors.
Coppins Bridge is likely to remain partially closed until at least lunchtime, possibly longer, with the aim of getting the road re-open by this evening’s rush hour.
UPDATE @ 14:25 – The road has now re-opened after 7 hours. Read more at https://www.islandecho.co.uk/coppins-bridge-re-opens-after-overturned-meat-lorry-causes-traffic-chaos/.