Two crashes closed a major route in Buckinghamshire during rush hour today (Thursday, October 20). One of the incidents involved a van that spilled glue over the road.
The closure was in place for around two hours on the A5 Southbound in Milton Keynes after the two collisions caused disruption. Motorists were met with mile-long congestion as they travelled towards the affected stretch of road.
The collisions took place between the Portway Roundabout and the Redmoor Roundabout near Stadium:MK in Bletchley . Congestion stretched back to the Abbey Hill Roundabout near Bradwell Abbey.
National Highways warned motorists of the incident and confirmed a diversion route was in place. A National Highways spokesperson said at 9.45am: "The A5 in Buckinghamshire is closed southbound between the A509 Portway Roundabout in Milton Keynes and the A421 Redmoor Roundabout due to a collision involving a van which has spilt glue across the road surface."
The A5 Southbound reopened at around 10am, according to National Highways. Inrix, the traffic data company, also stated that one lane remained closed as recovery work took place.
National Highways warned of "minor delays on approach" but by around 10.25am, all lanes on the A5 Southbound had reopened. Inrix said: "All lanes open, recovery work completed on A5 Southbound from A509 Portway (Portway roundabout, Buckinghamshire) to A421 Grafton Street (Redmoor Roundabout, Milton Keynes).
"Following an earlier accident, all lanes were cleared at 10:25." It is not yet clear if any injuries were sustained by those involved in the collisions.
A Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service spokesperson said: "One appliance and crew from Broughton and one from West Ashland attended a road traffic collision on the A5, Milton Keynes area. The incident involved two cars and one van.
"Two male adults were out of their vehicles before the arrival of the Fire Service. Firefighters used rescue equipment to release one adult male from one of the cars who was then cared for by South Central Ambulance Service . Thames Valley Police were also in attendance."
Buckinghamshire Live has contacted South Central Ambulance Service for a statement on the incidents. Thames Valley Police declined to comment other than saying the incident was a "minor injury road traffic collision".