UPDATED: A11 reopens between Thetford and Mildenhall 12 hours after milk tanker overturned

Recovery of the milk tanker begins

Recovery of the milk tanker begins

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The A11 Elveden bypass has reopened almost 12 hours after a milk tanker overturned early this morning.

Highways England feared the road might need to be closed until about 6pm, while it recovered the jack-knifed tanker and cleared fuel and milk from the road, but the road reopen just before 3pm.

Recovery of the milk tanker begins

Recovery of the milk tanker begins

The southbound carriageway was closed between the B1106 at Elveden and Fiveways, Barton Mills, and the accident was also causing delays on the A1065 at Mildenhall.

Highways England allowed some traffic through at the height of this morning’s rush hour but needed to call in another tanker to empty the stricken vehicle of more than 20,000 of litres of milk before recovery could start.