North West Wales

A55 lane opens at Glan Conwy and Llandudno after van crash

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Media captionThe road closure caused hold-ups across the area

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.

Image caption The diversion ran 30 miles from Glan Conwy to Betws-y-Coed, then along the A5 to Bangor

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.

Image caption The road was closed at the Llandudno Junction and Glan Conwy junction of the A55

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