A55 lane opens at Glan Conwy and Llandudno after van crash
- 3 September 2014
- From the section North West Wales
A lane has reopened on the A55 expressway after an early morning crash injured two people people and led to delays and a 30 mile diversion.
A van collided with a recovery vehicle dealing with another crash on the dual carriageway between Glan Conwy and Llandudno Junction at 04:10 BST.
The road was closed forcing motorists to take a lengthy diversion into the Conwy Valley.
A man in his 20s was left in a critical condition after the van crash.
The incident followed an earlier minor collision involving two lorries at 02:45 BST after which one of two lanes was closed to allow the vehicles to be recovered.
North Wales Police said a white Ford Transit van and a white Leyland Daf recovery vehicle then collided at about 04:10 BST causing the A55 closure eastbound.
It led to six mile long tailbacks toward Old Colwyn, as cars were forced to follow the A470 through Glan Conwy to Betws-y-Coed, and then along the A5 to Bethesda to rejoin the A55 at Bangor.
Arriva Buses Wales also reported delayed to services around the area.
A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesperson said a man in his 20s with life-threatening injuries was flown to a specialist emergency hospital unit in Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, by a rescue helicopter from RAF Valley on Anglesey.
A second man in his 50s who suffered minor injuries was taken by land ambulance to Glan Clwyd Hospital in Bodelwyddan, Denbighshire.
Police are appealing for witnesses to the collision.