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Two-hour delays after overturned potato harvester closes one lane of A5 at Shrewsbury

By Jordan Reynolds | Shrewsbury | Transport | Published: | Last Updated:

A potato harvester overturned at Preston Island at Shrewsbury, closing one lane of the A5 and causing delays of up to two hours.

The overturned potato harvester. Photo: James Carter.

The lane was closed northbound between the A49 and the A5064 on Thursday afternoon.

Highways England and West Mercia Police were at the scene at around 12.25pm.

There were tailbacks on the A5 as two rescue trucks worked to lift the harvester upright.

West Mercia Police spokesman Dan Butler said: “At approximately 12.25pm, West Mercia Police received a report of a potato harvester overturning at the Preston Island on the A5064.

“A single lane closure has been put in place whilst Highways are in attendance.

“There are no reports of injuries.”

Motorists took to social media to vent their frustration.

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Gareth Hickman said: “It has never taken me an hour to get half way to Shrewsbury from Wellington before. In a car.”

Marie McCreadie said: “A5 going to Shrewsbury from Telford tail back lasting over one-and-a-half hours.”

Tom Edwards added: “It was madness and I was stuck for about an hour and three quarters on the way to Oswestry.”

Long queues of motorists after the crash
Jordan Reynolds

By Jordan Reynolds
Reporter - @jreynolds_star

Senior reporter at the Express & Star.

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