Stoke & Staffordshire

Jam lorry crash closes the A50 in Staffordshire for eight hours

A50 lorry crash
Image caption The lorry, which was carrying a load of jam, became embedded in the grass verge of the A50

A main road through Staffordshire was closed for eight and a half hours after a lorry carrying jam overturned.

The crash on the westbound A50 near Blythe Bridge happened at 08:30 GMT.

A Staffordshire Police spokesman said the lorry had become embedded in the grass verge and the operation to remove it was "quite complicated".

The lorry driver, who is in his 60s and from Wales, was taken to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire with head and facial injuries.

Insp Ashley Farrington said the recovery operation took some time because "of the potential dangers."

"As well as being stuck on the crash verge, the lorry was across two lanes and tangled in the high tension cables that separate the two carriageways," he said.

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