Four hurt as car flips over during six-vehicle crash in city rush hour

RTA  14/04/11 (CS)''Serious car accident at the Anglesey Road junction with Queen's Street in Portsmouth. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (111349-1)
RTA 14/04/11 (CS)''Serious car accident at the Anglesey Road junction with Queen's Street in Portsmouth. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (111349-1)
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FOUR people were taken to hospital following a six-car crash in which a car overturned.

The accident happened when a blue VW Scirocco travelling south into Anglesea Road, Landport, from Alfred Road swerved to avoid a pedestrian near the Queen Street junction.

A black VW Golf travelling in the same direction also swerved and flipped over, hitting four other vehicles before landing on its roof in the opposite carriageway at about 4.35pm yesterday.

Fire crews from Cosham and Southsea were called out following the accident – which also involved a Renault Clio, a Vauxhall Combo van, a Ford Focus and a Honda CRV.

Firefighters had to cut the roof from the Ford Focus to get the 47-year-old woman driver, from Gosport, out. The driver of the VW Scirocco, a 19-year-old Southsea man, is not believed to have been hurt.

The 50-year-old female driver of the Renault Clio and a 32-year-old Southsea man who was driving the Vauxhall Combo were also uninjured.

A 47-year-old Havant woman, a 51-year-old Portsmouth woman, 45-year-old Waterlooville woman and 48-year-old Cosham woman were travelling in the Honda CRV that was involved in the crash. Four people – including the Ford Focus driver and the 18-year-old Waterlooville woman who was driving the VW Golf – were taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham with minor injuries.

Anglesea Road and Edinburgh Road were shut and rush-hour traffic was diverted while the emergency services worked.

The southbound carriageway reopened about an hour after the crash. The northbound carriageway remained shut until shortly before 6.30pm.

Anthony Stallard, 21, from Milton, said: ‘I was coming through Victoria Park with my fiancee and we saw the fire brigade and ambulance and police everywhere.

‘I saw the Golf had flipped over and was facing the wrong way. It looked bad.’

Call PC Karen Drysdale on 101.