THREE rush hour accidents on the M56 caused multiple casualties and widespread teatime delays yesterday.
The crashes took place at about 4.15pm on the eastbound carriageway near to Junction 14, the A5117 at Hapsford, near Helsby.
A spokesman for the North West Ambulance Service said one of the accidents involved seven vehicles and two casualties sustained minor injuries.
In another collision five vehicles were involved and there was one minor casualty reported.
There were two casualties in the third collision but details of the accident were not available at time of going to press.
A statement from Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service said no-one was reportedly trapped.
The road was closed while the vehicles were made safe and traffic disruption was classified as severe.
There was also queueing traffic on the M56 westbound between Junction 12, A557 Runcorn, and Junction 14 because of people slowing to look at the accidents.
On Twitter the North West Motorway Police posted some details of the emergency services’ operation, writing: “There are three individual road traffic collisions on the M56 eastbound Junction 14-Junction 12 Hapsford to Clifton.
“Due to this, the M56 eastbound is currently closed at this location. Patrols now on scene. Traffic currently stopped while emergency services working in carriageway.”
Motorists were being advised to consider taking an alternative route due to the delays caused by the accidents.
One Mold-based worker who travels through Deeside on his way home to Ellesmere Port said a journey that normally takes 20 minutes took one-and-a-half hours yesterday as a result of the motorway mayhem.