This post was first published by Croydon Advertiser on 28/03/2017.
Purley Way back open following sewage spillage which caused two crashes
Purley Way in Croydon has fully reopened after part of it was closed for more than eight hours when a lorry spilled sewage – which caused two crashes and led to a “disgusting smell” in the area.
Emergency services had to respond to the two crashes within the space of ten minutes this morning.
One woman had to be cut free from a car that crashed into a tree on the stretch of road where the spillage was. A motorcyclist also came off his bike.
Motorists were unable to use the busy road between Edgehill Road and Waddon Way as it was closed in both directions by police in order to allow paramedics and firefighters to attend the scene at about 6.15am.
The roof of a Toyota was cut off so the woman could be released after the first crash.
Parts of the car were left lying by the side of the road with the remainder of the vehicle being strapped to the back of a recovery van at about 11.30am.
Bits of debris and smashed glass could also be seen in the grass on the side of Purley Way.
A spokesman for London Fire Brigade said that two crews from Croydon Fire Station attended along with a specialist rescue unit.
He added: “We were called just after 6.15am to reports of a car in collision with a tree. One woman was trapped and had to be rescued and she was then taken to hospital by the London Ambulance Service.”
A spokeswoman for the London Ambulance Service added: “We were called at 6.21am this morning.
“We sent an ambulance to the scene. We treated a woman for an injured hand and took her to hospital.”
Shortly after the first crash, a motorcyclist came off their bike at 6.25am. A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said the rider did not sustain any serious injuries.
Police warned drivers to avoid Purley Way with the road being shut so it could be painstakingly cleaned.
Transport for London said Purley Way was reopened at 2.53pm and that the substances on the road were “sewage silage [from the lorry] and engine fluids [from the crashed car]”.