Woman critically injured in motorway pile-up

PUBLISHED: 19:37 07 January 2009 | UPDATED: 21:07 26 October 2009

A WOMAN was critically injured in a multiple pile-up on the A1(M) this afternoon (Wednesday). She was among five casualties rushed to hospital following the crash, on the northbound carriageway just after junction six at Welwyn. A further two people were

A WOMAN was critically injured in a multiple pile-up on the A1(M) this afternoon (Wednesday).

She was among five casualties rushed to hospital following the crash, on the northbound carriageway just after junction six at Welwyn.

A further two people were treated at the scene, but did not need to go to hospital.

Talking to the WHT, East of England Ambulance Service spokesman Gary Sanderson said the five taken to hospital were all trapped in their cars and had to be cut out.

One car had smashed into the central reservation, spun round and was left facing the wrong direction.

He said: "This was a very serious incident and on our arrival was spread over the carriageway and central reservation of the motorway.

"Seven ambulances, two ambulance officers and two fast response doctors attended the collision.

"Paramedics and emergency medical technicians worked extremely hard alongside the fire service to treat and stabilise the casualties for more than 90 minutes."

He added: "The police, fire and ambulance service done a tremendous job at what I describe as a very difficult and protracted incident."

The woman who is in a critical condition was taken to the Lister Hospital in Stevenage.

A man was also taken there, while two men and a woman were taken to the QE2 Hospital in WGC.

Their conditions are not known at this time.

* The accident happened just after the motorway junction, where three lanes reduce down to two.

With tailbacks growing as the evening rush hour got under way, traffic was diverted off at junction six, along the A1000 Welwyn bypass, and rejoining the motorway at The Clock roundabout.

A lane of the southbound carriageway also had to be closed while emergency services worked to free the casualties.

Police are urging motorists to avoid the area if possible.

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