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As thousands flocked to watch the annual Buile Hill Park bonfire and fireworks display, both Eccles Old Road and Tootal Drive came to a standstill after an accident diverted traffic along roads lined with parked cars.

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Police were called to the scene of an accident this evening (05/11/18) involving a scooter and a car on the stretch of the road in front of All Hallows RC School.

A woman said to be in her 40's was seriously injured in a collision with a car at around 5:10pm, emergency services were quickly on the scene and the road was closed off whilst the injured woman was tended too and taken to the nearby Salford Royal Hospital for treatment. 

We have been told that she is in a serious but stable condition this evening. It is unknown if anyone within the car was injured and police have not yet released any information on how the crash occurred.

However police remained on scene to investigate and subsequently and rightly so, the road remained closed, as thousands of people flooded into the area to watch the annual fireworks display further along Eccles Old Road at Buile Hill Park.

Traffic was rerouted along Tootal Drive but this had become lined with parked cars on both sides of the road as people ditched them as they tried to find any available space they could.

Unfortunately this had a massive impact on traffic flow causing a huge bottle neck as the parked cars restricted the width of the road, eventually all hell would break loose as two number 67 buses came head to head and the road became blocked both ways.

One bus driver expertly reversed his vehicle into a narrow side street allowing the Cadishead bound bus to edge past but for whatever reason the driver of that bus then decided the gap ahead was not large enough for him to fit his vehicle through and so opted to stay put, effectively blocking the entire road.


This enraged drivers both in front and behind as the road ahead was clearly navigable and there was more than enough room to fit the bus down, however the driver did not agree and so remained stationary despite members of the public confirming to him that he had enough room at either side of him to be able to pass safely.

Several people got out of their cars to offer to assist him and guide him through but the driver was sadly having none of it and just sat in his cab with his arms folded waiting for a wider gap.

In the end motorists had no other alternative than to turn their cars around in front of the parked bus and either head back home or try and find an alternative route around. Families were disappointed at not being able attend the display, myself included as I was heading there to video it for this website.


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