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Traffic chaos in Southend as several crashes block main roads
DRIVERS were caught in massive tailbacks as several rush-hour crashes caused chaos in Southend.
Firefighters from Southend battled treacherous icy conditions to attend numerous accidents caused by the poor state of the roads.
Accidents on Prince Avenue, at Victoria Gateway, Royal Artillery Way and in Eastwood Road blocked the main routes out of the town.
At around 6:45pm a car smashed into the side of a house as the driver tried turning left from Milton Road into Cambridge Road in Southend.
They were later called to a collision in Victoria Avenue, in which part of the road was closed off, before heading to a five-car pileup at the bottom of the Queensway interpass.
Sub-officer Lee Burling said: “The conditions were an absolute nightmare. There appears to be no grit on the roads whatsoever, and as a result you couldn’t ask for a better ice rink.”
Conditions were so bad bus operator Arriva cancelled many of its services.
Passengers on a no. 27 bus were also left shaken but uninjured as it slid into a roundabout near Seaway Carpark in Chancellor Road, Southend.
Some people were stranded for more than an hour at a virtual standstill.
People were forced to abandon cars and walk home as they struggled to stay on the icy roads.
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