Overturned skip on A27 causes nine hours of chaos

Overturned skip on A27 causes nine hours of chaos

Overturned skip on A27 causes nine hours of chaos

Overturned skip on A27 causes nine hours of chaos

First published in News by , Assistant News Editor

SUSSEX’S busiest road was closed for nine hours yesterday (Jan 6), causing delays for thousands of drivers.

The A27 was still closed after a skip lorry toppled over near Arundel, blocking the road in both directions.

Highway workers had to carry out emergency repairs after the Tarmac was severely damaged by the accident.

But first the mud and wood debris being carried by the skip had to be taken away, the lorry recovered and the road cleared.

Work went on into the evening as the Highways Agency repaired the road, which reopened at about 8pm.

An eight-mile diversion away from Sussex’s busiest road, used by up to 250,000 vehicles a day, caused traffic chaos in the area.

There were stretches of traffic from the accident spot back as far as Poling, as well as stretching south to Lyminster and Ford.

Drivers queued for up to 30 minutes westbound towards the closed stretch of road and police reported tailbacks of up to two miles.

The route between Causeway Roundabout and the Crossbush junction, outside Arundel Railway Station, was closed as the overturned skip blocked the route in both directions.

The skip lorry crashed into cars travelling eastbound at about 11.15am yesterday, but remarkably no one was seriously injured.

The male driver of the lorry escaped with only minor injuries.

An elderly couple whose car was involved in the accident sought refuge inside a passing Good Samaritan’s car.

But when emergency services arrived a short while later, they had to be cut free from the unaffected vehicle because of paramedics’ concerns about the pair’s severe back pain.

A spokesman from Southern Rail said that although the road was closed outside the station, customers could still access it from the west.

Two fire crews from Littlehampton and a heavy rescue tender from Worthing were at the scene until 1.15pm.

They said the skip appeared to have overturned at the top of the hill near the Crossbush Inn and slid down the road, hitting several other vehicles on the way.

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8:16am Mon 7 Jan 13

The Wolfie says...

Why do the cops with 'vests' on always stand like this?

Are they not allowed to put their hands in their pockets?

Do they not have pockets?

Is it some macho thing?
Why do the cops with 'vests' on always stand like this? Are they not allowed to put their hands in their pockets? Do they not have pockets? Is it some macho thing? The Wolfie
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8:43am Mon 7 Jan 13

itsnotme says...

They are not allowed to put their hands in their pockets and their trousers have pockets designed not to allow hands to be put in them properly.
They are not allowed to put their hands in their pockets and their trousers have pockets designed not to allow hands to be put in them properly. itsnotme
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8:59am Mon 7 Jan 13

Sussex jim says...

My first impression on seeing this story was of a policeman who would not seem out of place as an old style Soviet border guard. Any questioning about the situation or alternative routes would probably been answered very abruptly, with orders- not request- to move my car.
What's happened to the good old English bobby?
My first impression on seeing this story was of a policeman who would not seem out of place as an old style Soviet border guard. Any questioning about the situation or alternative routes would probably been answered very abruptly, with orders- not request- to move my car. What's happened to the good old English bobby? Sussex jim
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9:09am Mon 7 Jan 13

Angryoldman says...

This road is closed more than it is open.
Grr. Why don't people drive more carefully?
This road is closed more than it is open. Grr. Why don't people drive more carefully? Angryoldman
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11:42am Mon 7 Jan 13

davyboy says...

Angryoldman wrote:
This road is closed more than it is open.
Grr. Why don't people drive more carefully?
fair comment, and wholly appropriate. skip lorries tend to be top heavy, and the driver may have no idea what is in the load. having said that, he should be aware after just a short distance how his vehicle is handling, and drive as required.
[quote][p][bold]Angryoldman[/bold] wrote: This road is closed more than it is open. Grr. Why don't people drive more carefully?[/p][/quote]fair comment, and wholly appropriate. skip lorries tend to be top heavy, and the driver may have no idea what is in the load. having said that, he should be aware after just a short distance how his vehicle is handling, and drive as required. davyboy
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11:52am Mon 7 Jan 13

Crystal Ball says...

Where are the jokes comparing a skip to a Skoda?
Where are the jokes comparing a skip to a Skoda? Crystal Ball
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12:11pm Mon 7 Jan 13

John Steed says...

Angryoldman wrote:
This road is closed more than it is open.
Grr. Why don't people drive more carefully?
getting the a27 arundle bypass section constructed would solve the problem permanantly,
Q what do you call a convertable skoda?
A a skip
[quote][p][bold]Angryoldman[/bold] wrote: This road is closed more than it is open. Grr. Why don't people drive more carefully?[/p][/quote]getting the a27 arundle bypass section constructed would solve the problem permanantly, Q what do you call a convertable skoda? A a skip John Steed
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12:29pm Mon 7 Jan 13

ukkml0904 says...

Luckily no-one was seriously hurt in this accident. However, has anyone thought about the innocent motorist who offered their car as santuary for the elderly couple who had been involved ..... having to be cut free from a vehicle not involved in the original incident ? How will that be explained to their insurance company ??
Luckily no-one was seriously hurt in this accident. However, has anyone thought about the innocent motorist who offered their car as santuary for the elderly couple who had been involved ..... having to be cut free from a vehicle not involved in the original incident ? How will that be explained to their insurance company ?? ukkml0904
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1:49pm Mon 7 Jan 13

paul76 says...

The poor people doing their good deed for the day have to walk home with their car in two pieces. Gutted.

I hope they don't have to claim that on their own insurance. Would be interesting for the Argus to follow up and see how they claim so other good samaritan’s don't fall into the same situation and end up with their car in two.
The poor people doing their good deed for the day have to walk home with their car in two pieces. Gutted. I hope they don't have to claim that on their own insurance. Would be interesting for the Argus to follow up and see how they claim so other good samaritan’s don't fall into the same situation and end up with their car in two. paul76
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2:00pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Mr B. Humbug says...

Not sure where they got 250,000 vehicles a day using that road! The actual figures are about one tenth of that...
Not sure where they got 250,000 vehicles a day using that road! The actual figures are about one tenth of that... Mr B. Humbug
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2:31pm Mon 7 Jan 13

sussexram40 says...

When they put on the uniform some police officers assume a different personality. It gives them a sense of power and superiority.
Maybe the uniform for male PCs should be changed to a mini dress and frilly blouse. The rude, aggressive ones would be a lot more subservient and polite then!
When they put on the uniform some police officers assume a different personality. It gives them a sense of power and superiority. Maybe the uniform for male PCs should be changed to a mini dress and frilly blouse. The rude, aggressive ones would be a lot more subservient and polite then! sussexram40
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2:33pm Mon 7 Jan 13

sussexram40 says...

I'm not saying all Police are rude by the way. But there are a minority who are and they spoil it for the rest.
I'm not saying all Police are rude by the way. But there are a minority who are and they spoil it for the rest. sussexram40
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6:42pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Wivvy Dave says...

Macho - No,

Turn your volume on and you'll clearly hear the Birdie Song. They can even walk to the rythem - surely you've seen them in east Brighton.
Macho - No, Turn your volume on and you'll clearly hear the Birdie Song. They can even walk to the rythem - surely you've seen them in east Brighton. Wivvy Dave
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7:23pm Mon 7 Jan 13

namgo49 says...

paul76 wrote:
The poor people doing their good deed for the day have to walk home with their car in two pieces. Gutted.

I hope they don't have to claim that on their own insurance. Would be interesting for the Argus to follow up and see how they claim so other good samaritan’s don't fall into the same situation and end up with their car in two.
This was going to be my point.

The old thing about does it pay to be a good samaritan!!
[quote][p][bold]paul76[/bold] wrote: The poor people doing their good deed for the day have to walk home with their car in two pieces. Gutted. I hope they don't have to claim that on their own insurance. Would be interesting for the Argus to follow up and see how they claim so other good samaritan’s don't fall into the same situation and end up with their car in two.[/p][/quote]This was going to be my point. The old thing about does it pay to be a good samaritan!! namgo49
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7:28pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Mr Sworld says...

Crystal Ball wrote:
Where are the jokes comparing a skip to a Skoda?
I think they got left behind in the 90's.

If i'm correct Skoda's are made by VW now and are highly reliable. A lot of taxi drivers own them which must be a good relection for the car.
[quote][p][bold]Crystal Ball[/bold] wrote: Where are the jokes comparing a skip to a Skoda?[/p][/quote]I think they got left behind in the 90's. If i'm correct Skoda's are made by VW now and are highly reliable. A lot of taxi drivers own them which must be a good relection for the car. Mr Sworld
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8:50pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Dave At Home says...

ukkml0904 wrote:
Luckily no-one was seriously hurt in this accident. However, has anyone thought about the innocent motorist who offered their car as santuary for the elderly couple who had been involved ..... having to be cut free from a vehicle not involved in the original incident ? How will that be explained to their insurance company ??
...and that is what I was thinking!!!! surely if they were well enough to escape from their own crushed (I presume) car then why could they not get out of the other car? Seems like trumpton needed another car to practice on... would love a follow up on this story, how about an interview with the good Samaritan?
[quote][p][bold]ukkml0904[/bold] wrote: Luckily no-one was seriously hurt in this accident. However, has anyone thought about the innocent motorist who offered their car as santuary for the elderly couple who had been involved ..... having to be cut free from a vehicle not involved in the original incident ? How will that be explained to their insurance company ??[/p][/quote]...and that is what I was thinking!!!! surely if they were well enough to escape from their own crushed (I presume) car then why could they not get out of the other car? Seems like trumpton needed another car to practice on... would love a follow up on this story, how about an interview with the good Samaritan? Dave At Home
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10:16pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Grumpy0ldman says...

Maybe they could cut out the middle man and put the good Samaritans car straight into the empty skip.... Sort of kill two birds with one stone..... Good for the environment as well
Maybe they could cut out the middle man and put the good Samaritans car straight into the empty skip.... Sort of kill two birds with one stone..... Good for the environment as well Grumpy0ldman
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10:16pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Grumpy0ldman says...

Maybe they could cut out the middle man and put the good Samaritans car straight into the empty skip.... Sort of kill two birds with one stone..... Good for the environment as well
Maybe they could cut out the middle man and put the good Samaritans car straight into the empty skip.... Sort of kill two birds with one stone..... Good for the environment as well Grumpy0ldman
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