A crash on the A in the Cotswolds involving a lorry and a tree is causing delays this afternoon. Police are at the scene of the crash between Andoversford and Seven Springs which has seen a lorry overturn and a tree fall across the road. The driver of the lorry is said to have sustained injuries that are not life-threatening and has been taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. Police reported the incident on Twitter in a post that read: "Road traffic collision A between Andoversford and Seven Springs. HGV turned over and a tree across the road.
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The Port of Dover and Eurotunnel were closed for a second day following the French border shutdown. Mass testing will be introduced for lorry drivers as part of a deal struck to reopen the border between France and the UK. The French authorities will be carrying out similar testing on hauliers entering the UK in a programme that. But transport secretary Grant Shapps warned it was likely to take up to three days to clear the backlog - meaning some drivers may not be able to return home in time for Christmas.
Drivers stranded in the county since the border was shut on Sunday need to get tested before being allowed to cross the Channel. The only place that can happen at any scale is Manston, with those stuck at Dover clashing with police and blockading the port in protest at the situation. There are currently more than lorries in Operation Brock, the same number in Operation Stack and 3, at Manston, with the remaining space needed for testing.
One of the ringleaders of the gang which allowed 39 Vietnamese people to die in the back of a lorry was an Irish haulier with a history of smuggling. Hughes, 41, and lorry driver Maurice Robinson, 26, had previously admitted the manslaughter of 39 Vietnamese migrants who were found dead in a lorry trailer in Essex in October On Monday, two other men were found guilty of manslaughter : Eamonn Harrison, 24, who dropped off the trailer at the Belgian port, and people smuggler Gheorghe Nica, 43, were convicted by an Old Bailey jury.