THREE motorists had to be taken to hospital following a crash which caused chaos on a stretch of the A38.
The three-car crash took place near to the Alrewas junction on the southbound carriageway of the road at just after 9am yesterday.
Both lanes of the road were closed off while emergency services helped the wounded out of their vehicles and took them to Burton’s Queen’s Hospital for treatment.
The road was closed for more than an hour, with queues of traffic stretching back to the Clay Mills junction.
In a bizarre coincidence, all three vehicles involved were orange.
A spokesman for Staffordshire Rescue Service told the Mail: “We can confirm that we were called to an incident on the A38. “Following reports of a three-car crash, we sent crews from Burton, Longton and Lichfield in a bid to assess the severity of the situation.
“The crash had taken place on the A38 southbound carriageway between the junction of Catholme Lane and Alrewas.
“We arrived on scene at 9.30am and left at 9.57am.
“Firefighters at the scene revealed that none of the people were trapped in their vehicles but there were three casualties who were described as walking wounded.
“After initial treatment at the scene, the trio were taken to Burton’s Queen’s Hospital for further treatment and assessment.
“Fire crews remained at the scene for a short time afterwards to make the vehicles safe and clear the road of any debris to allow for it to reopen for other traffic.”
A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: “We were called to the incident just after 9am and it involved an orange Mini, orange Skoda and an orange MX5.
“Once on scene we called in fire crews and assisted with traffic control while they worked on the vehicle occupants.”
Bus firm Midland Classic revealed that after one of its buses got stuck in the traffic chaos, it took the decision to divert the rest of services which were set to use that route away from the area.