UPDATE: Blackwall Tunnel motorcyclist has 'potentially life-changing injuries' after accident shuts crossing

A picture of the scene by @BrooklineTours

A picture of the scene by @BrooklineTours

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A Blackwall Tunnel accident which left a motorcyclist in hospital with potentially life-changing injuries and closed the crossing for five hours has sparked a police appeal.

Ambulance crews were called out to the tunnel entrance at 7.55am to reports of a motorbike in collision with a lorry. They treated a 37-year-old man - the motorcyclist - for "potentially life-changing" leg injuries.

He was taken as a priority to the Royal London Hospital where his condition is described as serious but stable.

The Met Police said no arrests have been made and enquires are ongoing.

Anyone with information relating to the collision is being asked to call the witness appeal line on 020 8285 1574.

A full closure was implemented from the Sun in the Sands roundabout at 8.15am this morning, causing widespread congestion.

The tunnel reopened at around 1.30pm this afternoon and there are still residual delays in the area, with police directing traffic in Woolwich.

 

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12:25pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Techvedic says...

Really a severe accident, bike residuals are scattered as though a toy has been been ruined by an angry adolescent. There should be some strict driving guidelines in the tunnel or for vehicles approaching it. (Editor, Techvedic)
Really a severe accident, bike residuals are scattered as though a toy has been been ruined by an angry adolescent. There should be some strict driving guidelines in the tunnel or for vehicles approaching it. (Editor, Techvedic) Techvedic
  • Score: -3

1:05pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Not-a-hamster says...

Techvedic wrote:
Really a severe accident, bike residuals are scattered as though a toy has been been ruined by an angry adolescent. There should be some strict driving guidelines in the tunnel or for vehicles approaching it. (Editor, Techvedic)
There are, it's called the highway code and height restrictions,
[quote][p][bold]Techvedic[/bold] wrote: Really a severe accident, bike residuals are scattered as though a toy has been been ruined by an angry adolescent. There should be some strict driving guidelines in the tunnel or for vehicles approaching it. (Editor, Techvedic)[/p][/quote]There are, it's called the highway code and height restrictions, Not-a-hamster
  • Score: 32

2:06pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Dr. Nick says...

I always feel that the addition of the Lorry Lane with Merge-in-Turn was a poor idea and can add to the dangers. I see the 'logic' of it; force all the high sided vehicles over to the far left so that there is less chance of them a) ending up in the narrower lane, b) getting stuck in the tunnel as was so often the case before. However, driving that in a smaller vehicle and finding yourself in that lane or the one next to it can be a little hair-raising at times - especially one lots of people can't grasp the concept of Merge-In-Turn.

Also, I am not sure the family of the rider will like seeing that photo, I know mine wouldn't.

I really hope everyone involved makes a good recovery.
I always feel that the addition of the Lorry Lane with Merge-in-Turn was a poor idea and can add to the dangers. I see the 'logic' of it; force all the high sided vehicles over to the far left so that there is less chance of them a) ending up in the narrower lane, b) getting stuck in the tunnel as was so often the case before. However, driving that in a smaller vehicle and finding yourself in that lane or the one next to it can be a little hair-raising at times - especially one lots of people can't grasp the concept of Merge-In-Turn. Also, I am not sure the family of the rider will like seeing that photo, I know mine wouldn't. I really hope everyone involved makes a good recovery. Dr. Nick
  • Score: 23

2:50pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Bestbaz says...

Motorcyclists approaching the tunnel are sometimes a danger to themselves, but speeding along between stationary or slow moving vehicles. But lorries, in particular to foreign lorries, are a menace in the Blackwall Tunnel area
Motorcyclists approaching the tunnel are sometimes a danger to themselves, but speeding along between stationary or slow moving vehicles. But lorries, in particular to foreign lorries, are a menace in the Blackwall Tunnel area Bestbaz
  • Score: 16

4:31pm Thu 27 Feb 14

The Fozziest of Bears says...

Bestbaz wrote:
Motorcyclists approaching the tunnel are sometimes a danger to themselves, but speeding along between stationary or slow moving vehicles. But lorries, in particular to foreign lorries, are a menace in the Blackwall Tunnel area
Once the Dartford crossing goes barrier-free, all the foreign vehicles will go over that way for nothing and ease the flow at Blackwall.
[quote][p][bold]Bestbaz[/bold] wrote: Motorcyclists approaching the tunnel are sometimes a danger to themselves, but speeding along between stationary or slow moving vehicles. But lorries, in particular to foreign lorries, are a menace in the Blackwall Tunnel area[/p][/quote]Once the Dartford crossing goes barrier-free, all the foreign vehicles will go over that way for nothing and ease the flow at Blackwall. The Fozziest of Bears
  • Score: 10

6:31pm Thu 27 Feb 14

sarfflondonbird says...

The Fozziest of Bears wrote:
Bestbaz wrote:
Motorcyclists approaching the tunnel are sometimes a danger to themselves, but speeding along between stationary or slow moving vehicles. But lorries, in particular to foreign lorries, are a menace in the Blackwall Tunnel area
Once the Dartford crossing goes barrier-free, all the foreign vehicles will go over that way for nothing and ease the flow at Blackwall.
And when is the Dartford crossing ever likely to go barrier free? This should have taken piece ages ago, instead prices have recently been hiked up, it's a disgrace.
[quote][p][bold]The Fozziest of Bears[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bestbaz[/bold] wrote: Motorcyclists approaching the tunnel are sometimes a danger to themselves, but speeding along between stationary or slow moving vehicles. But lorries, in particular to foreign lorries, are a menace in the Blackwall Tunnel area[/p][/quote]Once the Dartford crossing goes barrier-free, all the foreign vehicles will go over that way for nothing and ease the flow at Blackwall.[/p][/quote]And when is the Dartford crossing ever likely to go barrier free? This should have taken piece ages ago, instead prices have recently been hiked up, it's a disgrace. sarfflondonbird
  • Score: 11

8:24pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Petras says...

sarfflondonbird wrote:
The Fozziest of Bears wrote:
Bestbaz wrote:
Motorcyclists approaching the tunnel are sometimes a danger to themselves, but speeding along between stationary or slow moving vehicles. But lorries, in particular to foreign lorries, are a menace in the Blackwall Tunnel area
Once the Dartford crossing goes barrier-free, all the foreign vehicles will go over that way for nothing and ease the flow at Blackwall.
And when is the Dartford crossing ever likely to go barrier free? This should have taken piece ages ago, instead prices have recently been hiked up, it's a disgrace.
Barrier free does not mean toll free
[quote][p][bold]sarfflondonbird[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Fozziest of Bears[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bestbaz[/bold] wrote: Motorcyclists approaching the tunnel are sometimes a danger to themselves, but speeding along between stationary or slow moving vehicles. But lorries, in particular to foreign lorries, are a menace in the Blackwall Tunnel area[/p][/quote]Once the Dartford crossing goes barrier-free, all the foreign vehicles will go over that way for nothing and ease the flow at Blackwall.[/p][/quote]And when is the Dartford crossing ever likely to go barrier free? This should have taken piece ages ago, instead prices have recently been hiked up, it's a disgrace.[/p][/quote]Barrier free does not mean toll free Petras
  • Score: 12

9:35pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Gypo.Joe says...

sarflondonturd dumb as a rock, it doesn't understand the concept of no barriers but still having to pay.
Dahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
hhhhhh.

Run along now fool.
sarflondonturd dumb as a rock, it doesn't understand the concept of no barriers but still having to pay. Dahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhh. Run along now fool. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -55

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