Police are reminding people to only call 999 in an emergency after we received a number of calls during a fatal collision in Chelmsford this week.
Police control handlers took a handful of 999 calls from motorists who were either asking for traffic updates or enquiring about tailbacks following the incident on the A12 at around 2.55pm on Monday, July 23.
These calls following the closure of both carriageways on the A12 between the A130 and A414 after a man died after being in collision with a lorry. We can provisionally name that man as Roy Linton, 57, from Chelmsford.
Adam Pipe, Essex Police’s head of roads policing, said: ‘‘While I understand motorists can be frustrated about having to wait in traffic following collisions, calling 999 to air your frustrations is completely unacceptable.
“In incidents where people tragically lose their lives on our roads, investigating officers have to carry out a full examination of the scene to determine how someone has died.
“This often means road closures and sometimes they can last for long periods of time, however, we will always release the closure as soon as possible.
“Please remember that while you are waiting to go home and return to your families, our officers are having to break the devastating news that a loved one has died.
“We thank you for your patience as we deal with incidents and we continue to urge you not to call our control handlers who are responding to emergencies across our county but to call our non-emergency number 101 if you have any concerns.”
Additionally, we have received reports that a number of vehicles turned around and drove the wrong way up slip roads after waiting in traffic.
These actions are illegal and dangerous and we are continuing to appeal for any information or dash cam footage.
If you have information or footage, please call 101, report it on www.essex.police.uk/do-it-online or submit it to www.saferessexroads.org/extraeyes/extra-eyes-what-next