Update: A1 closed for more than seven hours following crash between tanker and car at Stoke Rochford

The overturned HGV tanker on the A1 near Stoke Rochford, just south of Grantham EMN-161007-153426001 EMN-161007-153426001
The overturned HGV tanker on the A1 near Stoke Rochford, just south of Grantham EMN-161007-153426001 EMN-161007-153426001
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The driver of a tanker which overturned on the A1 at Stoke Rochford yesterday (Sunday) was flown to hospital by air ambulance for treatment to his injuries, which were described as not serious.

The collision between the HGV tanker and a Volkswagen Tiguan towing a caravan happened on the northbound carriageway just after 11am.

Long tailbacks on the A1 following the collision at Stoke Rochford. This picture was taken from the bridge at Barrowby.

Long tailbacks on the A1 following the collision at Stoke Rochford. This picture was taken from the bridge at Barrowby.

The A1 was affected for almost eight-and-a-half hours, with the southbound carriageway opening to traffic at 6.20pm and the northbound carriageway opening an hour later.

Yesterday, a Lincolnshire Police spokesman said: “We were called to a collision on the A1 at Stoke Rochford at 11.09am.

“The collision involves a blue Volkswagen Tiguan which was towing a single axle caravan and an HGV tanker.

“The driver of the tanker has been taken to hospital but is not seriously injured. The driver of the Tiguan has received minor injuries but has not been taken to hospital.

“The tanker contains a cleaning agent, which is not flammable and there is no risk to public health. The tanker which is on its side across the central reservation is not leaking.”

Firefighters used hydraulic cutting gear to free the casualty from the car. The electricity board was called to the scene due to exposed cables from a pylon.