Tractor's trailer overturns causing "chaos" in High Road, Epping

The scene of the accident (Harold Radley)

The scene of the accident (Harold Radley)

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East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter - Wanstead & Woodford

A tractor’s trailer overturned yesterday, blocking a road after spilling bales of hay.

At approximately 4pm, the driver attempted to turn sharply from High Road, Epping, from the direction of Harlow, into The Plain, towards Ongar, but the vehicle clipped the curb and the trailer overturned.

The road towards Ongar was blocked for around an hour, the time it took to right the trailer and  put the bales of hay back on the trailer.

Three police cars were called to the scene but no one was hurt.

Harold Radley, 70, from Thornwood Road, near the site of the accident, grabbed his camera and headed to the scene after hearing of the event.

He said: “It was chaos, luckily no one was walking past on the pavement otherwise someone could have been killed.

“There were bales of hay just strewn across the road and the pavement, the tractor and trailer could never make that corner, it was just too sharp."

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4:25pm Fri 18 Jul 14

jonny mash says...

Hopefully the police are in attendance as what with the heat this could be the last straw for some impatient drivers
Hopefully the police are in attendance as what with the heat this could be the last straw for some impatient drivers jonny mash
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11:22am Sat 19 Jul 14

It's good to talk says...

I am not surprised this has happened. The left turn on this junction is so tight and is used by many articulated lorries turning left and heading towards The Woodyard, Near St Margaret's Hospital.

It's not unusual to see vehicles reversing back at the traffic lights to allow a articulated lorry to get round.

The driving skill of a lorry driver is amazing when watching them navigate this corner.
I am not surprised this has happened. The left turn on this junction is so tight and is used by many articulated lorries turning left and heading towards The Woodyard, Near St Margaret's Hospital. It's not unusual to see vehicles reversing back at the traffic lights to allow a articulated lorry to get round. The driving skill of a lorry driver is amazing when watching them navigate this corner. It's good to talk
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8:12pm Sat 19 Jul 14

Villagecranberry says...

Shame old Harold Radley did not grab a first aid kit instead of his camera.

Someone could have needed it.
Shame old Harold Radley did not grab a first aid kit instead of his camera. Someone could have needed it. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -1

8:16pm Sat 19 Jul 14

Villagecranberry says...

He said: “It was chaos, luckily no one was walking past on the pavement otherwise someone could have been killed.


Yes, at least you would have had your trust camera.
He said: “It was chaos, luckily no one was walking past on the pavement otherwise someone could have been killed. Yes, at least you would have had your trust camera. Villagecranberry
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