Drivers stuck in five-mile jam after four-vehicle smash on A52
MOTORISTS heading into Derby on the A52 yesterday morning were caught up in five-mile traffic jams.
The congestion was the result of a four-car pile-up between Spondon and Borrowash at about 8am.
There were no injuries, though the accident caused tailbacks to junction 25 of the M1.
It came after two further crashes took place on Monday near the same area – the first on the Nottingham-bound carriageway and another on the slip road on to the Derby-bound carriageway, causing delays of more than an hour.
The accidents have led to readers' comments on the Telegraph's website, www. thisisderbyshire.co.uk, calling for cameras to be installed on the road
Reader Bubbles2u2 commented: "There needs to be cameras on this stretch of road. It's always a problem, especially on the 50mph Spondon bend. Yes, there is a heavy traffic build-up most mornings but with careful driving there will be fewer accidents.
"Inevitably the problem is caused by bad driving, often the higher-powered cars and lorries. Again the slip road access from Victoria Avenue and Cole Lane, Borrowash, needs to be improved. These were designed in the 1930s."
Yesterday's crash took place on the Derby-bound carriageway, between Victoria Avenue at Borrowash and the Asda roundabout at Spondon. Drivers reported as many as seven cars involved in the crash, though police confirmed only four: two Ford Fiestas, a Chevrolet Aveo and a Hyundai Getz.
Sat-nav firm TomTom, which records traffic data, said the A52 near Derby had 54 minutes of stationary traffic during the morning.
Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service were told by police not to send any fire engines. Police were at the crash site by about 8.30am.
By 8.15am, people had started to post messages about the accident on Twitter.
Chris Bradley wrote that the "queue starts at M1 roundabout at J25 – its standstill all the way."
Bus firm Trent Barton tweeted that the traffic could have an effect on its Derby to Nottingham service, the Red Arrow.