UPDATE: Lorry driver taken to hospital after crash on Western Relief Road

The A4071 is closed at the junction with the A45 after a chemical spill. Photo: Warwickshire Police NNL-171204-155429001
The A4071 is closed at the junction with the A45 after a chemical spill. Photo: Warwickshire Police NNL-171204-155429001
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A lorry driver was injured and taken to hospital after a crash between two lorries on the Western Relief Road this afternoon (Wednesday, April 12).

Emergency services received a report of a collision on the A4071 near Thurlaston at the junction with the A45 at around 1.40pm.

One of the drivers, a 28-year-old man, suffered facial injuries in the crash and was taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.

The A4071 was closed in both directions between the B4453 Straight Mile and the A45 while the lorries were recovered and a chemical spill was cleaned up.

The crash also caused around 10 litres of hydrogen peroxide to spill on the road from a damaged container on one of the lorries.

Two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus and gauntlets made the area safe and used a hose reel to dilute the chemical, with help from the Environment Agency and the hazardous materials officer.