UPDATE: Overturned lorry shuts A27 near Arundel

The A27 is set to be closed until 8pm this evening after a skip lorry overturned.

The Causeway outside Arundel train station has been closed since the accident at 11.15am on Sunday morning (January 6).

The road has been closed between the Causeway Roundabout and Crossbush.

Two other cars are thought to have been involved in the incident.

A man was taken to hospital and an elderly couple needed medical treatment after the accident, but no one is thought to have suffered with any serious injuries.

An eight-mile-long diversion has been set up via Ford to Littlehampton, but traffic has been choas around the area for most of the day.

HGVs have been advised to use the A259 via Bognor.

After the debris from the skip lorry is cleared from the road Highways Agency staff expect to have to re-tarmac parts of the road, which has been damaged by the accident and because of fuel and oil leakages.

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12:50pm Sun 6 Jan 13

twograndblack says...

Why oh Why do the police need to keep the road closed all day if this happened in france the road would` be opened within a hour pehaps the police here need to take lessons from our counterparts
Why oh Why do the police need to keep the road closed all day if this happened in france the road would` be opened within a hour pehaps the police here need to take lessons from our counterparts twograndblack

1:34pm Sun 6 Jan 13

GRUMPAH says...

Perhaps the Police in France are more 'practiced' than ours due to the French abysmal driving standards?
Having said that, I don't suppose it will be that long, it's just said, to try and reduce the levels of traffic whilst the recovery operation takes place.
Also, we don't know what the 'skip' contained!
Perhaps the Police in France are more 'practiced' than ours due to the French abysmal driving standards? Having said that, I don't suppose it will be that long, it's just said, to try and reduce the levels of traffic whilst the recovery operation takes place. Also, we don't know what the 'skip' contained! GRUMPAH

2:57pm Sun 6 Jan 13

Gary Baldy says...

A skip lorry probably requires a bit more than the local farmer in a Landy with a rope to move it out of the way. It's a long drive from Thurrock or Croydon, even on a Sunday.
A skip lorry probably requires a bit more than the local farmer in a Landy with a rope to move it out of the way. It's a long drive from Thurrock or Croydon, even on a Sunday. Gary Baldy

4:57pm Sun 6 Jan 13

Indigatio says...

twograndblack wrote:
Why oh Why do the police need to keep the road closed all day if this happened in france the road would` be opened within a hour pehaps the police here need to take lessons from our counterparts
Recovery of an overturned HGV can be a complicated task requiring specialist equipment. There is also the question of clearing up the load which would appear to have spilled from the truck and also repairs to the road. In a case like this it would have been the same situation in France.
[quote][p][bold]twograndblack[/bold] wrote: Why oh Why do the police need to keep the road closed all day if this happened in france the road would` be opened within a hour pehaps the police here need to take lessons from our counterparts[/p][/quote]Recovery of an overturned HGV can be a complicated task requiring specialist equipment. There is also the question of clearing up the load which would appear to have spilled from the truck and also repairs to the road. In a case like this it would have been the same situation in France. Indigatio

5:47pm Sun 6 Jan 13

Spx says...

In France it would have been shoved to the side until quiet time and opened up asap, no-one with a pink tape measure and slide rule would be allowed anywhere near.
In France it would have been shoved to the side until quiet time and opened up asap, no-one with a pink tape measure and slide rule would be allowed anywhere near. Spx

5:48pm Sun 6 Jan 13

Telscombe Cliffy says...

Why o why are railway stations constantly now called train stations? Its been railway station for 150 years, why the change?
Why o why are railway stations constantly now called train stations? Its been railway station for 150 years, why the change? Telscombe Cliffy

5:56pm Sun 6 Jan 13

Larry the Lamb says...

In France and especially the USA the roads are cleared very quickly. Here it seems that the power to shut the whole road must be invoked. Or is it to do with the dreaded health and safety.
An accident on one side will usually cause both directions to be shut and an accident on one lane of a motorway allows all 4 lanes to be closed off.
Is it just me or does it seem that it's all over the top.
In France and especially the USA the roads are cleared very quickly. Here it seems that the power to shut the whole road must be invoked. Or is it to do with the dreaded health and safety. An accident on one side will usually cause both directions to be shut and an accident on one lane of a motorway allows all 4 lanes to be closed off. Is it just me or does it seem that it's all over the top. Larry the Lamb

6:01pm Sun 6 Jan 13

Old Ladys Gin says...

GRUMPAH wrote:
Perhaps the Police in France are more 'practiced' than ours due to the French abysmal driving standards?
Having said that, I don't suppose it will be that long, it's just said, to try and reduce the levels of traffic whilst the recovery operation takes place.
Also, we don't know what the 'skip' contained!
Depends on what you mean and I believe your attitude is a tad last century.
France has a far lower injury and fatality rate for the most vulnerable on the roads - pedestrians; which surely means they are more civilised in their approach?
Yes I would agree that in decades past casualty rates in other EU countries was higher, but things have changes a lot.
As a pedestrian you are the the 2nd most vulnerable in this country based on 2009 figures; things may have 'improved' since then!
[quote][p][bold]GRUMPAH[/bold] wrote: Perhaps the Police in France are more 'practiced' than ours due to the French abysmal driving standards? Having said that, I don't suppose it will be that long, it's just said, to try and reduce the levels of traffic whilst the recovery operation takes place. Also, we don't know what the 'skip' contained![/p][/quote]Depends on what you mean and I believe your attitude is a tad last century. France has a far lower injury and fatality rate for the most vulnerable on the roads - pedestrians; which surely means they are more civilised in their approach? Yes I would agree that in decades past casualty rates in other EU countries was higher, but things have changes a lot. As a pedestrian you are the the 2nd most vulnerable in this country based on 2009 figures; things may have 'improved' since then! Old Ladys Gin

7:08pm Sun 6 Jan 13

BrightonTrooper says...

Has anyone actually driven down this particular bit of road? It's a single lane carriageway so there is no way this accident would have been cleared within an hour... or by simply moving the vehicle to one side.. there is no room with woodland one side and a stone wall the other!! There had been some serious accidents over the last few years.. including people losing their lives. Either the highways drop the limit to 30mph from the current 40mph of stick some of that anti slip tarmac down on that corner..
Has anyone actually driven down this particular bit of road? It's a single lane carriageway so there is no way this accident would have been cleared within an hour... or by simply moving the vehicle to one side.. there is no room with woodland one side and a stone wall the other!! There had been some serious accidents over the last few years.. including people losing their lives. Either the highways drop the limit to 30mph from the current 40mph of stick some of that anti slip tarmac down on that corner.. BrightonTrooper

7:57pm Sun 6 Jan 13

imnotpc says...

Old Ladys Gin wrote:
GRUMPAH wrote:
Perhaps the Police in France are more 'practiced' than ours due to the French abysmal driving standards?
Having said that, I don't suppose it will be that long, it's just said, to try and reduce the levels of traffic whilst the recovery operation takes place.
Also, we don't know what the 'skip' contained!
Depends on what you mean and I believe your attitude is a tad last century.
France has a far lower injury and fatality rate for the most vulnerable on the roads - pedestrians; which surely means they are more civilised in their approach?
Yes I would agree that in decades past casualty rates in other EU countries was higher, but things have changes a lot.
As a pedestrian you are the the 2nd most vulnerable in this country based on 2009 figures; things may have 'improved' since then!
Maybe the french are not as stupid/blind as our pedestrians seem to be.Maybe the french don't just walk out into the road like they do here and walk as slowly across as they can.Maybe the french have a bit more respect for car drivers and their own lives unlike the idiots that live here.Just a thought
[quote][p][bold]Old Ladys Gin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GRUMPAH[/bold] wrote: Perhaps the Police in France are more 'practiced' than ours due to the French abysmal driving standards? Having said that, I don't suppose it will be that long, it's just said, to try and reduce the levels of traffic whilst the recovery operation takes place. Also, we don't know what the 'skip' contained![/p][/quote]Depends on what you mean and I believe your attitude is a tad last century. France has a far lower injury and fatality rate for the most vulnerable on the roads - pedestrians; which surely means they are more civilised in their approach? Yes I would agree that in decades past casualty rates in other EU countries was higher, but things have changes a lot. As a pedestrian you are the the 2nd most vulnerable in this country based on 2009 figures; things may have 'improved' since then![/p][/quote]Maybe the french are not as stupid/blind as our pedestrians seem to be.Maybe the french don't just walk out into the road like they do here and walk as slowly across as they can.Maybe the french have a bit more respect for car drivers and their own lives unlike the idiots that live here.Just a thought imnotpc

5:14am Mon 7 Jan 13

willy harris says...

imnotpc wrote:
Old Ladys Gin wrote:
GRUMPAH wrote:
Perhaps the Police in France are more 'practiced' than ours due to the French abysmal driving standards?
Having said that, I don't suppose it will be that long, it's just said, to try and reduce the levels of traffic whilst the recovery operation takes place.
Also, we don't know what the 'skip' contained!
Depends on what you mean and I believe your attitude is a tad last century.
France has a far lower injury and fatality rate for the most vulnerable on the roads - pedestrians; which surely means they are more civilised in their approach?
Yes I would agree that in decades past casualty rates in other EU countries was higher, but things have changes a lot.
As a pedestrian you are the the 2nd most vulnerable in this country based on 2009 figures; things may have 'improved' since then!
Maybe the french are not as stupid/blind as our pedestrians seem to be.Maybe the french don't just walk out into the road like they do here and walk as slowly across as they can.Maybe the french have a bit more respect for car drivers and their own lives unlike the idiots that live here.Just a thought
remember folks people have been hurt.please dont turn this incident into a debate on which country has the quickest method of clearing the road,,think about them,if like some that have posted here,,,you think that france .as well as other countries that have been mentiond,,are better at getting the roads clear...GO AND LIVE THERE..
[quote][p][bold]imnotpc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Old Ladys Gin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GRUMPAH[/bold] wrote: Perhaps the Police in France are more 'practiced' than ours due to the French abysmal driving standards? Having said that, I don't suppose it will be that long, it's just said, to try and reduce the levels of traffic whilst the recovery operation takes place. Also, we don't know what the 'skip' contained![/p][/quote]Depends on what you mean and I believe your attitude is a tad last century. France has a far lower injury and fatality rate for the most vulnerable on the roads - pedestrians; which surely means they are more civilised in their approach? Yes I would agree that in decades past casualty rates in other EU countries was higher, but things have changes a lot. As a pedestrian you are the the 2nd most vulnerable in this country based on 2009 figures; things may have 'improved' since then![/p][/quote]Maybe the french are not as stupid/blind as our pedestrians seem to be.Maybe the french don't just walk out into the road like they do here and walk as slowly across as they can.Maybe the french have a bit more respect for car drivers and their own lives unlike the idiots that live here.Just a thought[/p][/quote]remember folks people have been hurt.please dont turn this incident into a debate on which country has the quickest method of clearing the road,,think about them,if like some that have posted here,,,you think that france .as well as other countries that have been mentiond,,are better at getting the roads clear...GO AND LIVE THERE.. willy harris

1:03pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Old Ladys Gin says...

imnotpc wrote:
Old Ladys Gin wrote:
GRUMPAH wrote:
Perhaps the Police in France are more 'practiced' than ours due to the French abysmal driving standards?
Having said that, I don't suppose it will be that long, it's just said, to try and reduce the levels of traffic whilst the recovery operation takes place.
Also, we don't know what the 'skip' contained!
Depends on what you mean and I believe your attitude is a tad last century.
France has a far lower injury and fatality rate for the most vulnerable on the roads - pedestrians; which surely means they are more civilised in their approach?
Yes I would agree that in decades past casualty rates in other EU countries was higher, but things have changes a lot.
As a pedestrian you are the the 2nd most vulnerable in this country based on 2009 figures; things may have 'improved' since then!
Maybe the french are not as stupid/blind as our pedestrians seem to be.Maybe the french don't just walk out into the road like they do here and walk as slowly across as they can.Maybe the french have a bit more respect for car drivers and their own lives unlike the idiots that live here.Just a thought
In most of our neighbouring countries pedestrians have the priority, it is as simple as that.
They must be given way to at all road junctions, even when traffic is turning on a green light (which comes as a shock to a lot of UK motorists).
Here there are very few places where people can cross the road in safety; except at a very few highly expensive organised/controlled crossings.
The mental attitude that you should give way to pedestrians elswere simply is not in the UK attitude for the most part.
How often has a car driven in front of you, and stopped blocking your path, whilst you wait to cross at a junction? A lot I should imagine.
Such behaviour in most of our neighbouring countries would be considered ignorance of the highest order.
Highway codes were altered to show the new priorities mostly during the late 90s and early part of this century.
We lag sadly behind in both attitude and practice - which are the main reasons for our higher casualties.
[quote][p][bold]imnotpc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Old Ladys Gin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GRUMPAH[/bold] wrote: Perhaps the Police in France are more 'practiced' than ours due to the French abysmal driving standards? Having said that, I don't suppose it will be that long, it's just said, to try and reduce the levels of traffic whilst the recovery operation takes place. Also, we don't know what the 'skip' contained![/p][/quote]Depends on what you mean and I believe your attitude is a tad last century. France has a far lower injury and fatality rate for the most vulnerable on the roads - pedestrians; which surely means they are more civilised in their approach? Yes I would agree that in decades past casualty rates in other EU countries was higher, but things have changes a lot. As a pedestrian you are the the 2nd most vulnerable in this country based on 2009 figures; things may have 'improved' since then![/p][/quote]Maybe the french are not as stupid/blind as our pedestrians seem to be.Maybe the french don't just walk out into the road like they do here and walk as slowly across as they can.Maybe the french have a bit more respect for car drivers and their own lives unlike the idiots that live here.Just a thought[/p][/quote]In most of our neighbouring countries pedestrians have the priority, it is as simple as that. They must be given way to at all road junctions, even when traffic is turning on a green light (which comes as a shock to a lot of UK motorists). Here there are very few places where people can cross the road in safety; except at a very few highly expensive organised/controlled crossings. The mental attitude that you should give way to pedestrians elswere simply is not in the UK attitude for the most part. How often has a car driven in front of you, and stopped blocking your path, whilst you wait to cross at a junction? A lot I should imagine. Such behaviour in most of our neighbouring countries would be considered ignorance of the highest order. Highway codes were altered to show the new priorities mostly during the late 90s and early part of this century. We lag sadly behind in both attitude and practice - which are the main reasons for our higher casualties. Old Ladys Gin

1:05pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Old Ladys Gin says...

'walk as slowly as they can'

Why should they hurry? It is only here in the UK you see people scurry across roads like frightened rabbits.
'walk as slowly as they can' Why should they hurry? It is only here in the UK you see people scurry across roads like frightened rabbits. Old Ladys Gin

12:49pm Tue 8 Jan 13

james4618 says...

Spx wrote:
In France it would have been shoved to the side until quiet time and opened up asap, no-one with a pink tape measure and slide rule would be allowed anywhere near.
You would soon change your tune if you drove on a damaged road and was involved in an accident because of it I am sure.
[quote][p][bold]Spx[/bold] wrote: In France it would have been shoved to the side until quiet time and opened up asap, no-one with a pink tape measure and slide rule would be allowed anywhere near.[/p][/quote]You would soon change your tune if you drove on a damaged road and was involved in an accident because of it I am sure. james4618

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