Cambridgeshire road left ‘looking like set of a horror film’ as lorry spills tomato purée

A lorry crash on the A14 in Cambridgeshire left the road looking like “the set of a horror film” after tomato purée was spilled across the tarmac.

A 23-mile stretch of the road from Cambridge to Brampton was closed westbound after a collision between two lorries on Tuesday evening led to the messy scene.

Cambridgeshire Police tweeted: “What looked like the set of a horror film was actually thousands of squashed tomatoes.”

Several social media users made light of the news, with one quipping that it “took a while for the traffic to ketchup”.

“I imagine when it does reopen cars will have to passata slow speed?” joked another.

A 23-mile westbound stretch from junction 31 at Cambridge to Brampton was closed after a traffic collision on Tuesday evening caused tomato puree and olive oil to spill across the road.

A 23-mile westbound stretch from junction 31 at Cambridge to Brampton was closed after a traffic collision on Tuesday evening caused tomato puree and olive oil to spill across the road.

A 23-mile westbound stretch from junction 31 at Cambridge to Brampton was closed after a traffic collision on Tuesday evening caused tomato purée and olive oil to spill across the road. (Photo: Highways England/PA Wire)

The road closure was reopened on Wednesday afternoon, after crews scrambled to clear up the spillage and repair the road surface.

Ahead of the road being reopened, a spokesman for Highways England[1] said: “Emergency resurfacing work is taking place where the incident occurred around 7.10pm yesterday evening, involving two HGVs, one of which lost its load and damaged the carriageway.”

The Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Roads Policing Unit confirmed that there were two vehicles involved, with one driver injured.

An investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Additional reporting by Press Association

References

  1. ^ Highways England (inews.co.uk)