UPDATE: Traffic gridlocked in Weymouth after car crash on A354

CRASH: The scene on Weymouth Way  Picture: GRAHAM HUNT

CRASH: The scene on Weymouth Way Picture: GRAHAM HUNT

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MOTORISTS faced traffic chaos around Weymouth after a crash led to the closure of a busy route during rush-hour.

Police closed the A354 Weymouth Way between the Manor roundabout and Chafeys roundabout for about two hours today after a collision involving two cars.

Two women were injured in the smash and were both taken to Dorset County Hospital.

One of the women, who suffered head injuries, was rescued from her car by firefighters before being taken to hospital. It is not thought her injuries are life threatening.

The other woman was taken to hospital with neck and back injuries, but a spokesman for the South Western Ambulance Service said it was just a precaution.

Drivers faced a slow crawl home as surrounding roads were clogged up with traffic.

There were reports of gridlock on Spa Road, Radipole Park Drive, Radipole Lane and Dorchester Road as motorists struggled to use alternative routes during the closure.

Police said a Seat car and a Ford Mondeo, both registered to local women, were in collision on Weymouth Way about 4.30pm. It happened just beneath the Spa Road bridge and a number of emergency services vehicles were at the scene.

Firefighters from Weymouth and Dorchester used hydraulic cutting gear to remove the roof of the Seat so a woman could be taken out safely to prevent any further injury.

Paramedics were on scene treating her. Due to the rescue operation by emergency services, police closed both lanes of the carriageway.

An onlooker said: “I could see two fire engines and another fire service car, police cars, ambulances and other paramedic vehi cles. They were attending to a lady in a silver Seat and had cut the roof off the car. I could see they had fitted her with a neck brace. I hope she’s okay.

“As I came away from the scene there was gridlock on the roads due to the closure.”

Weymouth Way was reopened at 6.30pm after the two vehicles involved were recovered. But police warned motorists to continue to expect delays into the evening as the congested diversion routes cleared.

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5:36pm Mon 7 Jul 14

arlbergbahn says...

Right under the Spa Road bridge, looks like one car went into the back of another and they both ended up on the other side of the road. i don't know if Spa road is closed as well, but there's a great enormous queue of traffic trying to go down Radipole Lane, frankly they'll be lucky.
Right under the Spa Road bridge, looks like one car went into the back of another and they both ended up on the other side of the road. i don't know if Spa road is closed as well, but there's a great enormous queue of traffic trying to go down Radipole Lane, frankly they'll be lucky. arlbergbahn
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5:55pm Mon 7 Jul 14

alw123 says...

The report says radipole lane. It's radipole park drive that has the traffic backed up. Hope everyone is ok xx
The report says radipole lane. It's radipole park drive that has the traffic backed up. Hope everyone is ok xx alw123
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6:40pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Jim4512 says...

alw123 wrote:
The report says radipole lane. It's radipole park drive that has the traffic backed up. Hope everyone is ok xx
As the report says radipole lane is congested
[quote][p][bold]alw123[/bold] wrote: The report says radipole lane. It's radipole park drive that has the traffic backed up. Hope everyone is ok xx[/p][/quote]As the report says radipole lane is congested Jim4512
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6:43pm Mon 7 Jul 14

wey2014 says...

arlbergbahn wrote:
Right under the Spa Road bridge, looks like one car went into the back of another and they both ended up on the other side of the road. i don't know if Spa road is closed as well, but there's a great enormous queue of traffic trying to go down Radipole Lane, frankly they'll be lucky.
Hi i really hope everyone is ok and by the looks of the cars i believe it must of been a head on collision. As it just happend minutes before i got to the bridge...but again i hope everyone is ok
[quote][p][bold]arlbergbahn[/bold] wrote: Right under the Spa Road bridge, looks like one car went into the back of another and they both ended up on the other side of the road. i don't know if Spa road is closed as well, but there's a great enormous queue of traffic trying to go down Radipole Lane, frankly they'll be lucky.[/p][/quote]Hi i really hope everyone is ok and by the looks of the cars i believe it must of been a head on collision. As it just happend minutes before i got to the bridge...but again i hope everyone is ok wey2014
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9:37pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Trisher56 says...

Some think is wrong i thought this happen today maybe i'm not wrong, yesterday what it says at the top of the article
Some think is wrong i thought this happen today maybe i'm not wrong, yesterday what it says at the top of the article Trisher56
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10:17pm Mon 7 Jul 14

MrTomSmith says...

The roads were very busy, but not gridlocked, they were moving. Its not surprising if a bad accident happens and a major road is closed.

I can just never work out how these accidents happen, clearly some poor driving has to be involved here. Clear night, dry roads, and yet two cars smash into one another. Why don't people SLOW down and think of others?

Harsh? No it's not.
The roads were very busy, but not gridlocked, they were moving. Its not surprising if a bad accident happens and a major road is closed. I can just never work out how these accidents happen, clearly some poor driving has to be involved here. Clear night, dry roads, and yet two cars smash into one another. Why don't people SLOW down and think of others? Harsh? No it's not. MrTomSmith
  • Score: 8

11:13pm Mon 7 Jul 14

The Muffler says...

MrTomSmith wrote:
The roads were very busy, but not gridlocked, they were moving. Its not surprising if a bad accident happens and a major road is closed.

I can just never work out how these accidents happen, clearly some poor driving has to be involved here. Clear night, dry roads, and yet two cars smash into one another. Why don't people SLOW down and think of others?

Harsh? No it's not.
Firstly, I hope both of the injured women are not to seriously hurt and make a quick and full recovery.

Perhaps the surrounding roads weren't technically gridlocked but 40 minutes to get from Dorchester Road to Chickerell via Spa Road is more than 'very busy'.

That was mainly due to the wonderful traffic calming measures in place to the bottom of Radipole village, eventually the police turned up to direct the traffic so that motorists could actually pass each other.
[quote][p][bold]MrTomSmith[/bold] wrote: The roads were very busy, but not gridlocked, they were moving. Its not surprising if a bad accident happens and a major road is closed. I can just never work out how these accidents happen, clearly some poor driving has to be involved here. Clear night, dry roads, and yet two cars smash into one another. Why don't people SLOW down and think of others? Harsh? No it's not.[/p][/quote]Firstly, I hope both of the injured women are not to seriously hurt and make a quick and full recovery. Perhaps the surrounding roads weren't technically gridlocked but 40 minutes to get from Dorchester Road to Chickerell via Spa Road is more than 'very busy'. That was mainly due to the wonderful traffic calming measures in place to the bottom of Radipole village, eventually the police turned up to direct the traffic so that motorists could actually pass each other. The Muffler
  • Score: 11

4:09pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Fich 26 says...

The Muffler wrote:
MrTomSmith wrote:
The roads were very busy, but not gridlocked, they were moving. Its not surprising if a bad accident happens and a major road is closed.

I can just never work out how these accidents happen, clearly some poor driving has to be involved here. Clear night, dry roads, and yet two cars smash into one another. Why don't people SLOW down and think of others?

Harsh? No it's not.
Firstly, I hope both of the injured women are not to seriously hurt and make a quick and full recovery.

Perhaps the surrounding roads weren't technically gridlocked but 40 minutes to get from Dorchester Road to Chickerell via Spa Road is more than 'very busy'.

That was mainly due to the wonderful traffic calming measures in place to the bottom of Radipole village, eventually the police turned up to direct the traffic so that motorists could actually pass each other.
If the car going up the hill has to give way to the car coming down the hill, the car going down the hill has to give way to the car going up the hill..follow me so far?
and there is a small stretch of road in between... 20 yrds of Spa Road,
How on earth did this get through planning?
It would have helped if they had made the priority one direction only, preferably uphill. add to this a junction (Ullswater Crescent) that you can turn right or left out of and either go up or down the hill and guess what
a complete mess !!! Hat's off to WPDC Highways Division.
[quote][p][bold]The Muffler[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MrTomSmith[/bold] wrote: The roads were very busy, but not gridlocked, they were moving. Its not surprising if a bad accident happens and a major road is closed. I can just never work out how these accidents happen, clearly some poor driving has to be involved here. Clear night, dry roads, and yet two cars smash into one another. Why don't people SLOW down and think of others? Harsh? No it's not.[/p][/quote]Firstly, I hope both of the injured women are not to seriously hurt and make a quick and full recovery. Perhaps the surrounding roads weren't technically gridlocked but 40 minutes to get from Dorchester Road to Chickerell via Spa Road is more than 'very busy'. That was mainly due to the wonderful traffic calming measures in place to the bottom of Radipole village, eventually the police turned up to direct the traffic so that motorists could actually pass each other.[/p][/quote]If the car going up the hill has to give way to the car coming down the hill, the car going down the hill has to give way to the car going up the hill..follow me so far? and there is a small stretch of road in between... 20 yrds of Spa Road, How on earth did this get through planning? It would have helped if they had made the priority one direction only, preferably uphill. add to this a junction (Ullswater Crescent) that you can turn right or left out of and either go up or down the hill and guess what a complete mess !!! Hat's off to WPDC Highways Division. Fich 26
  • Score: 10

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