A38 closed for nine hours after death crash involving two vans and a lorry
A 31-YEAR-OLD van driver died following a crash involving a lorry and two vans which caused long delays on the A38 yesterday.
The dead man, of Derby, who has not yet been named, was the driver of one of the vans.
It happened on the A38 northbound between Coxbench and Ripley at about 5.30am yesterday .
The driver of the HGV suffered minor injuries and was taken to the Royal Derby Hospital as a precaution.
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The driver of the other van was unhurt.
Darren Muggleton, senior investigating officer at Derbyshire Police, who attended the scene, said: "The articulated lorry was blocking the entire northbound carriageway of the A38, which made it impassable for emergency services and members of the public.
"There were huge tailbacks that occurred very rapidly but officers quickly closed off the A38 at the Little Chef island and access at the A38 at Coxbench."
He said there were also a couple of minor collisions, one on the same carriageway and another on the southbound carriageway.
"There were at least three in half a mile.
"We can't say for certain but it seems that they were due to people looking at the collision."
The incident caused the A38 to close between the junctions with the A61 at Abbey Hill and the A610 Ripley for up to nine hours.
All three vehicles were recovered and the carriageway was reopened at 2.35pm.
A diversion was put in place at the B6179 through Little Eaton and Coxbench and on to the A610.
Long-distance traffic was advised to divert via the A50 and the M1.
Firefighters from Nottingham Road, Kingsway and Alfreton were called to the scene.
An Environment Unit, based at Alfreton, was also called to the scene as the HGV lorry leaked diesel.
A Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: "The fire service dealt with a diesel leak to prevent any contamination of the water course."
Yesterday, was statistically the most dangerous day of the year and was expected to see more road accidents than on any other day, based on analysis of car crash data from the last four years.
Becky Ball, 24, of Belper, said she uses the A38 on a daily basis to get to Bombardier, where she works as an administrator.
She said: "I travel into work from Belper along the A38 and it normally takes me about half an hour maximum to get in.
"Yesterday though took more than an hour and a half. It was a nightmare."
Anyone who saw the collision is asked to call the witness appeal helpline on 01773 572929.