Overturned caravan causes delays in the West Midlands
Overturned caravans can cause serious traffic disruptions
Tuesday, 10, Jul 2012 09:55
by Arash Hekmat
An overturned caravan caused delays on a busy road between Telford and Shrewsbury at the end of last week.
Commuter traffic quickly lead to tailbacks behind the tourer, which had flipped over while being towed by a saloon car on the A5.
According to the Shropshire star, the incident occurred on the westbound carriage of the busy road, close to Junction 7 of the M54 at approximately 4pm on Thursday (July 5th), leading to delays of up to 20 minutes.
One lane needed to be partially closed by the police as firefighters cleared the caravan to the side of the road. By 6.30pm, both lanes were reopened and traffic had cleared.
Drivers are advised by the Highways Agency to take extra care when they are towing a caravan or a trailer, a message that is echoed by local police forces and the Caravan Club.
In the first half of last year, there were more than 500 caravan incidents on motorways in the West Midlands alone, with stats from the Highways Agency showing that burst caravan tyres, breakdowns and collisions with other vehicles are the most common incidents involving tourers.