Four car pile up in Cirencester brings the town to standstill

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Four car pile up in Cirencester brings the town to standstill Four car pile up in Cirencester brings the town to standstill

CIRENCESTER came to an abrupt standstill during the height of the Friday rush hour after a four car pileup brought the town to gridlock.

Commuters wanting to get home and start the weekend were met with nose-to-tail queues on all the roads coming in and out of Cirencester.

The crash, which happened close to Cirencester Hospital at approximately 3.30pm on Friday, December 6, resulted in the A419 being closed for four and a half hours.

It is unclear how the accident unfolded but police have confirmed that the cars involved were a blue Renault Clio, being driven by a 20-year-old Cirencester man, a blue Mini, a second Renault Clio and a white Mini that was being driven by a 50-year-old woman from North Nibley.

A spokesman for Gloucestershire Police said that four people were taken to the Great Western Hospital in Swindon with injuries that were not thought to be life-threatening.

As traffic around Cirencester built up, many motorists took to social-networking sites to find out what was going on.

One user wrote: “I was stuck there for an hour and half and got to see the four cars involved. It looked horrendous. One of the cars had its roof cut and was lying in the ditch.”

Others used the sites to post details of their journey with one person saying that it took an hour and a half to travel from Kemble to Watermoor Fire Station in Cirencester.

Anyone who witnessed the accident or has any information is asked to contact Gloucestershire Police on 101, quoting incident number 295 of December 6.

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5:18pm Wed 11 Dec 13

dopey1 says...

My driving advice, for what it is worth, is;
"When you are going away for the week-end, or on your way to work, or on the way home in the evening, don't drive like a loony." Pretty simple really.
My driving advice, for what it is worth, is; "When you are going away for the week-end, or on your way to work, or on the way home in the evening, don't drive like a loony." Pretty simple really. dopey1

5:31pm Fri 13 Dec 13

andrew.carpenter says...

"One of the cars had its roof cut and was lying in the ditch". That road doesn't have a ditch.

I walked past this accident on my way home that night. Three cars were on the Tetbury-bound carriageway, and one of the cars was on the Cirencester-bound carriageway. At least one of the group of three cars had its roof cut off.
"One of the cars had its roof cut and was lying in the ditch". That road doesn't have a ditch. I walked past this accident on my way home that night. Three cars were on the Tetbury-bound carriageway, and one of the cars was on the Cirencester-bound carriageway. At least one of the group of three cars had its roof cut off. andrew.carpenter

9:39am Sun 15 Dec 13

oldlongdog says...

It is an extraordinary indictment of our society and its incomprehensibly stupid government (at all levels) that this accident took place right outside a hospital yet the four injured people were taken thirty miles by ambulance to a hospital in Swindon, despite injuries that were thought "not to be life threatening".
It is an extraordinary indictment of our society and its incomprehensibly stupid government (at all levels) that this accident took place right outside a hospital yet the four injured people were taken thirty miles by ambulance to a hospital in Swindon, despite injuries that were thought "not to be life threatening". oldlongdog

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