A14 crash: One dead and five injured at Cambridge
- 17 January 2013
- From the section Cambridgeshire
Police have issued verbal warnings to drivers who took pictures of the scene of a fatal crash near Cambridge.
One person died and five others were injured in the crash on the westbound A14 between junctions 36 and 35, shortly after 07:00 GMT.
Police said they warned a number of motorists who photographed the scene as they drove past.
The crash caused long delays, with westbound traffic being diverted along the A11.
A female car passenger died at the scene and the male driver was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge with non life-threatening injuries.
The drivers of the three lorries involved in the crash and another person were checked by paramedics at the scene, but did not require hospital treatment..
Police said they did not believe the crash was weather-related.
BBC Look East's Kevin Burch said it appeared the car drove into the back of a broken-down lorry on the edge of the slip road of the dual carriageway.
He said officers were angered at drivers on the opposite carriageway slowing down to film the scene on mobile phones.
A Cambridgeshire Police spokeswoman said: "Officers gave drivers verbal warnings this morning during the fatal collision as some motorists were taking pictures of the scene while driving on the opposite side of the road.
"This was not only illegal and inappropriate, but extremely dangerous to other road users."
Sgt Gordon Murray from Cambridgeshire Police said: "I would appeal to anyone who saw the collision or any of the vehicles prior to it.
"We're particularly keen on hearing from anyone who saw any vehicle stopped or broken down on the slip road to the junction with the A1303."
The A14 westbound was re-opened shortly after 16:00 GMT, police said.
The A11 southbound exit slip road to the A14 has also re-opened.