Peterborough lorry driver reported for careless driving after 25 tonnes of onions block road for seven hours

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A 34-year-old man from Peterborough will be reported for careless driving following an incident in Southend where a busy through road was blocked with onions, resulting in traffic chaos.

The collision happened at 9.30am on Wednesday, July 6 in Priory Crescent. A green Mercedes lorry carrying onions overturned as it went around the right hand bend.

Around 25 tonnes of onions blocked the road and damaged the road safety barrier and the railings of nearby Priory Park. It took more than seven hours to clear up the onions, recover the vehicle and repair the damage to the carriageway, which resulted in delays and congestion across most of Southend.

The driver will be given the option to pay a fine of £100 and have three penalty points added to his licence or go to court.