Police said the busy route would be shut for a ‘significant’ amount of time
A "serious collision" closed a main road in Derby on Sunday (April 16). The A50 was shut in both directions between Toyota Island and Chellaston due to the incident.
Emergency services were called to reports of a serious collision on the road, roughly halfway between Toyota and the exit for Chellaston, at about 10.15am today. Derbyshire police said the stretch of the A50 was likely to remain closed for some time.
Motorists were advised to avoid the area and find an alternative route of travel. Officers initially notified that the road was partially closed eastbound at around 10.40am, but decided to completely shut the route just minutes later.
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In addition, the Arleston Lane bridge from Sinfin over the A50 was also closed. At 10.48am, Derbyshire police said: "The road is now closed in both directions between Toyota Island and Chellaston. It will be closed for a significant time."
At shortly after 6.30pm National Highways said the westbound carriageway of the A50 had reopened. At around 9.10pm it said the eastbound carriageway was back open.
Two men were killed in the crash on the A50 today, police have confirmed. Read our latest story for further details.
The #A50 eastbound between J4 (#Findern) and J3 (#Swarkestone) has reopened.
Investigation and recovery work complete.
Traffic flowing freely in the area. pic.twitter.com/yymFpXpN3w
The westbound carriageway on the #A50 in #Derbyshire has reopened. Eastbound remains closed between J4 (#Findern) and J3 (#Swarkestone) for ongoing complex investigation and recovery work
Traffic being diverted via local roads. pic.twitter.com/VT5mBDh3dq
Traffic monitoring service Inrix's latest update says: "A50 in both directions closed, queueing traffic due to accident investigation work between J4 A38 Burton Road (Toyota Island) and J2 A6 (Derby / Alvaston)."
According to our travel partner Inrix, accident investigation work is taking place at the scene.
The A50 remains closed between junction two and junction four.
Heavy traffic remains from junction four to Hilton.
The A5132 between Swarkestone and Barrow Upon Trent remains congested
Heavy traffic remains on the main roads of Willington, particularly the B5008 headed towards Toyota Island (junction four).
There are social media reports that those near the incident are starting to be diverted off the A50.
Users of the travel app Waze have reported the closure is due to an overturned vehicle.
The A50 closure is affecting Manchester United fans travelling to Nottingham for this afternoon's Premier League game, which kicks off at 4.30pm at the City Ground. Sky Sports reporter Sanny Rudravajhala is among the motorists affected.
Derbyshire police said: "Emergency services were called to reports of a serious collision on the road, roughly halfway between Toyota and the exit for Chellaston, at about 10.15am today.
"Both sides are now closed from Toyota Island to Chellaston and will remain closed for a significant time. The Arleston Lane bridge from Sinfin over the A50 is also closed.
"Motorists should avoid the area. We will update our social media channels when the road reopens."
Traffic is also starting to build in Willington and Swarkestone as vehicles are diverted off the A50.
There's currently slow traffic in the A5132 from Swakerstone to Barrow Upon Trent.
One commuter said that police are currently turning traffic around on the A50.
The A50 is now closed from junction two to junction four. It was previously closed from junction three to junction four
The A50 closure is causing delays back to junction five near Etwall and Hilton, according to our travel partner, Inrix.
Traffic is queueing in the area, and motorists are advised to find alternative routes of travel.