Busy road left blocked after slabs fall from moving lorry
DRIVERS were left blocked off after a stack of paving slabs tumbled from the back of a lorry and smashed on to a busy Derby roundabout.
Part of the Markeaton roundabout was closed by police while they cleared piles of debris from the surface of the road.
This led to drivers approaching the roundabout from the southbound A38 becoming stuck in traffic.
The incident happened just before 10am yesterday when a stack of slabs fell from the trailer of a lorry as it made its way across the islands.
The grey stones smashed on to the Tarmac in the middle lane and the truck ground to a halt just in front of the slabs.
A police spokeswoman said officers were dispatched to the scene straightaway.
She said: "There was no damage to anything and we had police cars out there very quickly.
"The vehicle was reported as having broken down and officers were told to block off part of the roundabout."
Initially drivers were able to manoeuvre around the lorry, which was coned off.
But after the truck was cleared, officers needed to close the whole section of roundabout to clear the paving stones.
This meant drivers who were approaching the A38 from the north could not access the roundabout and therefore were stuck in a queue until the debris was cleared.
Traffic built in a tailback towards the Little Eaton roundabout, but by 11.20am the road was reopened.
The lorry was owned by Halifax business R Dunnett and Sons.
Richard Dunnett, from the firm, said it had been an accident.
He said: "We use straps and netting to keep the slabs secure but this had obviously come loose in some way.
"It was an accident, which doesn't happen very often – but it did this time."