Lane closed on A50 in Leicester after van crashes head-on into tree

A van crashed into a roadside tree on the A50 Groby Road heading into Leicester city centre earlier today.

One of the two city-bound lanes on the road – close to the Fosse Road North and Blackbird Road junction – was closed by Leicestershire Police while officers waited for a recovery vehicle to collect the vehicle.

Two cars nearby also showed signs of damage but it has not been confirmed whether they were involved in the same incident.

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LeicestershireLive visited the scene and traffic handled the lane closure well, with vehicles able to use the second lane to get around the stranded van with no issues.

The crash happened at around 3.30pm, with the recovery vehicle arriving to remove the van shortly before 4pm.

This was just one of three separate incidents across Leicestershire today during which a vehicle hit a tree, with one incident closing Old House Lane near Markfield and Copt Oak for several hours.

Meanwhile, Melton Road near Lowesby was also closed for a significant amount of time after a car hit a tree, and resulted in the air ambulance flying in a doctor to treat the casualty at the scene.

Writing about the first two incidents today, Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service said they were caused by “poor road conditions and visibility in the area”.

Parts of the city and county had seen almost-freezing conditions and fog for a lot of the day.

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