Traffic delays as Hindhead Tunnel shut northbound after two-car crash

The Emsworth and District bus without its roof, after hitting the bridge. Credit: John Horsman

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THE Hindhead Tunnel’s northbound carriageway was shut following a two-car crash.

Highways Agency officials took the unusual step of putting the gates down on the northbound carriageway to stop traffic backing up inside the tunnel after the smash happened shortly before 12.40pm today.

A total of five people were in the two cars involved in the crash. They are not though to be seriously injured, however the emergency services are at the scene.

More details of the drivers and passengers are not yet available.

Meanwhile The Highways Agency diverted northbound traffic from the A3 to the A325 and A31 towards Guildford.

One of the lanes was reopened about 20 minutes after the smash, at about 1pm today.

A spokesman said: ‘There is an incident in the Hindhead Tunnel. It is on the northbound carriageway.

‘It is two cars that have collided. Nobody is badly hurt. There were five people in the cars. Some people have suffered minor injuries. It’s cuts and bruises.

‘The emergency services are on the scene and we have got an incident support unit [there] as well.

‘We closed the tunnel [northbound]. We put the gates down outside the tunnel to reduce the risk of queuing traffic in the tunnel

‘We put into place a diversion route as well.’