Traf­fic mis­ery for driv­ers af­ter pile-up on A1

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By DAVID SEY­MOUR david.sey­mour@pe­ter­bor­oughto­

A SEVEN-CAR pile-up on the A1 out­side Peter­bor­ough caused se­vere dis­rup­tion for mo­torists at the start of the Christ­mas get­away.

The north­bound dual car­riage­way of the A1 at Wans­ford was closed, or par­tially closed, for more than two hours yes­ter­day fol­low­ing the ac­ci­dent.

The col­li­sion, which took place af­ter the junc­tion with the A47, in­volved seven cars – a Vaux­hall As­tra, a Vaux­hall Corsa, a Peu­geot 206, a Mazda 6, a Jaguar X-type, Hyundai Lantra and a Re­nault Me­gane.

Four of the seven ve­hi­cles had to be re­cov­ered from the scene.

The crash took place at 1.10pm and left both lanes of the car­riage­way closed un­til 1.50pm, dur­ing which mo­torists were di­verted on to the A47 and then A43. It would not be un­til 3.12pm when the car­riage­way be­came fully open.

Im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing the crash, the scale of the in­ci­dent was un- clear.

The East of Eng­land Am­bu­lance Ser­vice, which sent three am­bu­lances to the scene, had one caller reporting a two-ve­hi­cle col­li­sion while an­other told them that 10 ve­hi­cles had been in­volved.

One ca­su­alty was taken to Peter­bor­ough City Hos­pi­tal with a head in­jury, de­scribed by a spokes­woman for the am­bu­lance ser­vice as “not life-threat­en­ing”.

Cam­bridgeshire Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice sent crews from Dogsthorpe, Yax­ley and Stan­ground and a res­cue ve­hi­cle from Dogsthorpe. None of the oc­cu­pants of the ve­hi­cles were trapped.

Fire­fight­ers helped make the area safe and had left the scene by 1.40pm.

A spokesman for the AA said up to 18 mil­lion cars would be on the roads over the 24-hour pe­riod from Thurs­day night to Fri­day evening.

DE­LAYS: The crash caused lengthy tail­backs for mo­torists.

DAM­AGE: Four of the seven ve­hi­cles in­volved in the col­li­sion had to be re­cov­ered from the scene.

blocked: Po­lice close a lane of the A1 while the ve­hi­cles were re­cov­ered from the scene of the crash.

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