UPDATED: Rush-hour gridlock after collisions at Gravel Hill, Lower Blandford Road and County Gates (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Police have closed Gravel Hill in Poole after single vehicle crash
THOUSANDS of motorists became snarled up in rush-hour misery on Monday following three separate incidents on some of the conurbation’s busiest roads.
Afternoon accidents along Bournemouth’s Wessex Way and Poole’s Gravel Hill caused significant delays into the evening rush-hour.
A three vehicle road traffic collision on Lower Blandford road in Broadstone caused further delays in the traffic already diverted from Gravel Hill. The A338 remained closed, between the Bournemouth West roundabout at Cambridge Road and the County Gates roundabout, well into the evening rush-hour.
The afternoon’s snarl-ups began when police closed both directions of the Wessex Way after a collision around 2pm caused an oil spill, which was described as turning the road into “an ice rink”.
No-one was injured in the collision between a Volkswagen Transporter van and a Honda CRV. Police were able to reopen the eastbound lane after half an hour, but westbound traffic was diverted along Cambridge Road to the St Michael’s roundabout while emergency services waited for council workers to arrive and clear up the oil.
A little over an hour later, police were forced to close Gravel Hill after a Volkswagen Golf was in collision with a lamppost and overturned.
The car’s two occupants – who were treated at the scene by paramedics before being taken to Poole Hospital– escaped serious injury.
Drivers reported 40-minute delays in the area after police closed the road close to the Dunyeats Road roundabout following the crash.
One witness told the Daily Echo: “You can see the lamppost looks like it could come down on the road, and the police cannot let anyone past until it’s been dealt with.”
At 5pm, police and ambulance services were called to a three car collision on Lower Blandford Road involving a white Skoda Octavia registered to a Hampshire driver, a red BMW and a black Vauxhall Corsa both registered to Dorset drivers.
A male who was unwell was treated by paramedics at the scene but there were no serious injuries and the road was cleared at 6pm.
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