Chester fire crews battled through heavy traffic to reach a collision about 5.50pm between two cars on the Sainsbury’s-bound carriageway of the A55 about a mile beyond the Posthouse roundabout turn-off.
A car driven by a young male was involved in a collision with the rear of a car driven by a heavily pregnant woman.
Neither was injured although steam was being released from a damaged radiator which was confused for smoke by some members of the public.
Congestion on the A55 was still heavy when crews had to return to the same carriageway for a second collision about 8pm but just before the start of the slip road leading to the Posthouse roundabout. The circumstances were similar but the incident was more serious with the man in the front car, an Audi A5, complaining of back pain.
The roof was removed to aid his removal from the vehicle on a spinal board before he was conveyed to hospital by ambulance. The other male driver was said to be ‘fine’.
Chester Fire Station's green watch reported Chester grid-locked north of the city centre last night causing problems in getting through the traffic. Crews resorted to turning off their blue lights and sirens to allow cars to go through traffic light junctions normally as the best intentions of motorists to pull to the side were actually making the situation worse.
Later Ellesmere Port fire crews attended a single vehicle collision at Welsh Road, Two Mills, about 9.20pm where they discovered two casualties trapped in a car with minor injuries. The roof was removed and the patients were handed over to the ambulance service.