Traffic misery for drivers after pile-up on A1
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.