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Snow causes accidents and traps drivers on hill

York Press: Gridlocked traffic on Huntington Road. Gridlocked traffic on Huntington Road.

Updated 10.25pm

SEVERAL accidents have been reported across the region following today's snow, which police say left some drivers stranded on a hill between York and the East Coast.

Two cars collided on the roundabout linking Monkgate, Huntington Road and Heworth Green, near the Brigadier Gerard pub this evening, leaving the road partially blocked. It has now been cleared, with one person being treated at the scene for minor injuries.

The road over Sutton Bridge, near Elvington, was also partially blocked following a two-car crash, leaving drivers having to find alternative routes. Nobody was seriously injured in the collision, which happened just after 5.15pm, although reports suggest a wall next to a flood plain was damaged. The road was expected to reopen by 7.30pm tonight, according to police.

Meanwhile, the A1079 was closed in both directions at Arras Hill, near Market Weighton, after a four-vehicle accident, causing long delays. Humberside Police said some drivers abandoned their cars while others waited for conditions to improve, with up to 40 vehicles becoming trapped and snow ploughs and gritters also struggling in the snowy conditions.

Heavy traffic has also been reported on the A64 north of York and on the A1066 tonight. In East Yorkshire, Humberside Police officer Pc Darren Kirkwood reported on twitter that the B1248 was blocked between Wetwang and Bainton Roundabout, and the A166 was blocked at Garrowby Hill because of a broken-down vehicle, with conditions being hazardous in both directions.

Two vehicles also collided head-on at Highfield Lane, Fangfoss, at about 4.10pm today, with a man and a woman being injured and treated at the scene by paramedics.

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