Motorists were faced with disruption on a major dual carriageway today when two accidents happened within hours of each other.
The first saw a car go “into the back of another car”, police said, at about 9.10am on the eastbound carriageway of the A50.
The second was reported at about 10.20am on the westbound carriageway, but the nature of the accident was unclear.
Traffic reportedly backed right up to the Etwall turnoff on the eastbound side.
Speaking as recovery was taking place after the first accident, a Derbyshire police spokesman said: “We had a call at 9:10am to say a car had gone into the back of another car.
“One vehicle has been recovered already so were just awaiting for recovery for both vehicles. There have been no serious injuries and one lane is blocked.”
Travel time was at one point 40 minutes and the situation was further exacerbated by a lorry shedding its load at Markeaton island, in Derby.
That meant a diversion route had already had to be set up for the A38.
Both accidents were cleared and traffic levels returned to normal by 11.30am.