The accident happened at around 8am. A lorry that was transporting a large crane overturned at Wetteren, around 10km southeast of Ghent.
"Salvage teams with need a lot of material and need a lot of time to clear the road. It could even take several hours”, Hajo Beeckmans told VRT News.
Traffic is gridlocked on the Brussels-bound E40. Those wishing to travel from Ghent to Brussels are advised to take the E17 and drive to the A12 via Temse (East Flanders). However, work on the Scheldt Bridge in Temse means that there could well be delays along this route too. Another option is to drive via Antwerp or to take the train.