Major accident leaves A55 shut for over 5 hours

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Part of the A55 in north Wales has been closed after an accident near the Conwy Tunnel.

Police and the air ambulance attended the incident between junction 18 and 19, following a crash at about 17:00 BST on Sunday.

The Conwy Tunnel eastbound has been closed and motorists are experiencing long delays in the surrounding areas.

The eastbound carriageway remains closed.

The westbound tunnel was closed for the air ambulance to take off but has now one lane is still shut for barrier repair work westbound following the accident earlier this evening.

North Wales Police have taken to twitter to advise motorists to avoid the area and find alternative routes if possible.

An eyewitness, who has asked not to be named, told the Daily Post what he witnessed.

He said: “A lorry cab crashed in to the wall approximately 500 yards away from the Conwy tunnel in Llandudno Junction.

“From the footbridge I could see emergency service workers milling around and surrounding the casualty who was lying on the floor.

“The casualty was surrounded by paramedics who were huddling over him so it was difficult to tell whether he was conscious or not.

“When I was there I could hear the Wales Air Ambulance approaching and it slowly landed on the A55.

“There were crowds of people on the footbridge filming and taking pictures before being moved on by the police.

“My heart goes out to the casualty and those involved.”

 

Update:

As of 21:13 the carriageway has reopened in both directions after 5 hours.