Spilt Load Of Crabs Closes Dorset Road

12 July 2011, 13:09 | Updated: 12 July 2011, 13:14

A lorry containing two tonnes of live spider crabs has overturned in Dorset, causing delays during rush hour.

Hundreds of the creatures spilt onto the carriageway on the A35 Puddletown bypass, near the turning for Troytown, just after 6am, Tuesday 12th July.

The 7.5 tonne seafood delivery truck, which came from Devon, came to rest on the central reservation, blocking the eastbound carriageway and one westbound lane.

The driver and passenger were taken to Dorset County Hospital with minor injuries.

They managed to save some of the crabs which were being transported in open-top crates. Another truck was called from Poole to collect them.

The road eventually re-opened around 3.5 hours later once all the crabs had been cleared off the carriageway.