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SMASH BRINGS TOWN TO A STANDSTILL; Market day crash causes total gridlock.

Byline: STEVE EVANS

NUNEATON town centre was brought to a standstill yesterday after a crash on the busy Leicester Road bridge.

The market day gridlock was caused by a two-car smash on a dual-carriageway route which carries traffic to and from the Weddington and St Nicolas Park areas of the town.

Lunch-time traffic was snarled up along Weddington Road, Old Hinckley Road and Hinckley Road.

The bridge next to the town's Trent Valley station spans the main West Coast railway line and carries two lanes of traffic into and out of Nuneaton.

It was particularly busy yesterday because Wednesday is a market day in Nuneaton and the town centre was packed with shoppers.

Within minutes of the crash, the RAC were reporting that the route was "gridlocked".

Tailbacks stretched along Weddington Road and Hinckley Road.

The bottleneck was caused by the accident involving an Austin Metro and a Renault Megane just before 1pm at the junction of Leicester Road with Trent Road.

Police are seeking witnesses and a police spokeswoman said: "This is a major route in and out of Nuneaton and it caused some traffic delays."

The driver of the Metro, a 64-year-old man from Tamworth, was unhurt. The Megane driver, a 63-year-old man from Leicester, was also unhurt, but his passenger, a 36-year-old woman, suffered slight whiplash injuries and was taken to Nuneaton's George Eliot Hospital.

Witnesses are asked to contact police on 01926 415000.

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INJURED: Paramedics prepare the woman passenger for the trip to hospital; CRASH CHAOS: The damaged cars at the scene of yesterday's crash. Pictures: BOB COLE
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Date:Apr 18, 2002
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