Lorry spills 380 kegs of beer on Northamptonshire roundabout

The kegs by the side of the road (Lee Hillyard)
The kegs by the side of the road (Lee Hillyard)

This was a traffic jam with a difference.

A lorry transporting an entire shipment of beer kegs, 380 in total, blocked a Northamptonshire road after almost the entire cargo fell on the road.

The Carlsberg-branded vehicle blocked a roundabout on the A43 and the Brackley Road junction near Towcester.

The accident happened at around 11am today (May 24).

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It is not yet clear how the accident happened.

However, early indications show that the lorry's trailer came loose as it tried to take the roundabout.

A roads policing officer took to social media to say one lane had been blocked, causing delays.

The kegs were carrying some 33,000 pints in total.

The company said it was aware of the spillage.

It is not known where the lorry was going but Carlsberg’s UK head office is located just seven miles away from the accident, in Northampton.

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Northamptonshire Police were at the scene to assist with the clean up.

There have been several incidents in recent months where lorries carrying ber have shed their load.

But the delays in Northamptonshire were nothing compared to a similar incident in Thailand earlier this year.

When a lorry overturned in January, spilling more than 80,000 cans of beer, hundreds of people rushed to the scene to help with clean up - or at least make off with cans.

Police even launched an investigation as so many cans were taken from the road.

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