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Essex Police continue A12 lorry death body search

Gurdip Johal Image copyright Family Photograph
Image caption The lorry's driver has been named as 30-year-old Gurdip Johal, pictured with his relative Mandip Kaur

Police are continuing to search for bodies following a fatal crash in which a lorry fell from a bridge on to a dual carriageway.

The lorry's driver has been named by a relative as 30-year-old Gurdip Johal.

Mr Johal, of Witham, died at the scene of crash on the A12 at Witham on Wednesday afternoon.

Essex Police said the lorry's trailer had been removed and was being "searched to ensure that there are no other fatalities".

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There was "extensive damage" to the vehicle, which was carrying a "large industrial sized battery" when it came off Coleman's Bridge and crashed on to the dual carriageway at junction 22, police said.

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Media captionLorry crashes off bridge on to the A12 near Witham

One lane on the main southbound carriageway between junctions 22 and 21 remains closed, Highways England said, and there are long delays heading towards the area.

The southbound exit and entry slip roads at junction 22 have reopened.

Image copyright Essex Fire and Rescue Service
Image caption The lorry involved in the crash contained 26 tonnes of batteries, firefighters said

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