The A50 has been closed down by police as they investigate an accident which took place on the carriageway overnight, with one man taken to hospital in a serious condition after a van was flipped.
The accident took place on the Westbound carriageway between Uttoxeter and Blythe Bridge where collision investigation work is currently taking place.
Current reports state the closure is from the A518 (Little Chef Roundabout) to A521 (Blythe Bridge Roundabout.)
This will heavily affect those travelling from Derby to Stoke as there is a large area which has been closed by collision officials.
A diversion has been issued by Police and Highways England are reporting queues as long as two miles.
A Highways England spokesman has issued the following statement: “The A50 in Staffordshire is closed Westbound between the A518 near Uttoxeter and the A521 near Blythe Bridge to facilitate Police investigations following a serious collision last night.
Traffic is currently being diverted via local routes.
‘Please allow extra time for your journey should you be travelling in this area this morning.”
A spokesperson for Staffordshire Police told us: “Officers responded to a report of a road traffic collision on the A50 involving a Volkeswagon that has left the main carriageway about a mile and a half after the Blythe Bridge roundabout at around 4:15am this morning.
The Westbound carriageway of the A50 is closed whilst officers from the Collision Investigation Unit establish the circumstances of the collision. The driver of the van has been taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital where he is currently in a stable condition.”
The closure of the A50 was first announced at around 7am this morning (Friday November 2).
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman states: “We were called by police at 4:17am this morning to reports of an overturned van. One ambulance, one paramedic officer and two BASICS Doctors attended.
There was one male patient. He was treated for serious injuries and given specialist care at the scene and taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital in a serious condition.
One of the doctors travelled in the ambulance to continue treatment en route to hospital. He was our only patient.”
It has since been confirmed that the A50 has been reopened by highway officials.
A Highways England spokesman said: ‘Investigations complete, road is now open. Thanks for your patience. Delays remain in the area but will now start to clear.”
Statement was released at 09:43.
At 09:47 this morning a statement was issued by Staffordshire Police.
The spokesman said: ‘The A50 Westbound has now reopened following a collision earlier this morning. The collision involved a van leaving the main carriageway. One man has been taken to hospital and is in a stable condition. Hopefully traffic levels will return to normal soon.”
At 11:05, Infrix reports that all traffic has cleared and travelling is running smoothly once again.
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