Truck driver dies after horrific crash on A12

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The driver of a lorry that crashed through a bridge barrier on to a dual carriageway yesterday has died.

Shocking photos from the scene show the mangled, smouldering wreckage of the truck as it rested on the grass below Colman's Bridge in Witham, Essex.

Essex Police said the driver, in his 30s, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash by the ambulance service.

Traffic came to a standstill on the southbound section of the A12 and witnesses said it was a 'miracle' the truck didn't hit any other vehicles.

Video filmed shortly after the crash shows a man walking around the wreckage with a fire extinguisher.

A witness told BBC Essex: "I saw this lorry hit the barrier on the bridge and all the metal railings were flying off like anything, and I thought, 'Jesus, he's going to come over'.

"The traffic started to slow down on the A12, and then the lorry's just come off the bridge, gone through the trees on the embankment, and just come all the way down and smashed onto the floor, and all the railings, all the concrete, came down onto the floor.

"It's a miracle that no cars were hit on the A12."

Crews from the fire and rescue service, police and an air ambulance attended the scene. The southbound section of carriageway was still closed this morning as officials conducted investigations.