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13 cop it for rubberneck crash photos

Crash course: Overturned
lorry on A11. Police
criticised motorists for
taking phone pictures
at the scene PICTURE: SWNS

MORE than a dozen drivers have been pulled over by police and reported for prosecution for taking pictures of an overturned lorry.

The rubbernecking motorists were caught leaning out of their vehicles to snap images of the crash scene on a busy dual carriageway.

Traffic police working to clear the area issued notices to 13 people for using their mobile phones while driving. Most were behind the wheel of heavy goods vehicles.

Officers took to social media to complain about the drivers.

Sgt Chris Harris, of Norfolk and Suffolk roads and armed policing team, tweeted to say: ‘Really disappointing to see. I do not want anyone to be hurt & using a phone whilst driving is a main factor in fatal/serious injury collisions #Fatal4 #EyesOnTheRoad.’

The crash happened near Thetford, Norfolk, on Wednesday. Police said the lorry was joining the A11 from the A134 when it overturned. It was not thought to be carrying any hazardous material.

On Twitter, police added: ‘Whilst dealing [with overturned lorry] they have also reported 13 drivers, majority HGV drivers, for driving and using their mobile phones to take photographs of the RTC [road traffic collision].’

People prosecuted for using a mobile phone while driving face a £200 fine and six penalty points on their licence.