A lorry driver has spoken of his miraculous escape from a crash that shut down the A14 earlier today (May 8).
Emergency services were called to the accident between two lorries and a van at around 2.10pm on the eastbound carriageway at J24 near Godmanchester.
Colin Holmes, 50, from Felixstowe, was travelling along the road towards Nottingham before receiving a nasty surprise.
The lorry driver of 16 years, who was speaking to the News from Hinchingbrooke Hospital, said: "I was approaching a 12 tonne truck, so Im slowing down – the next thing someone hits me in the back and my lorry gets jack-knifed.
"I hit the truck in front of me. Luckily he saw me coming and started to move off onto the grass verge. I only ended up hitting him on the corner. If he didnt see that coming I would have gone straight into the back of him.
"Im at Hinchingbrooke now. Im a bit sore, and have some whiplash and muscular injuries. The driver in front of me has only broken his thumb. Its miraculous it wasnt worse. I havent seen the driver who went into the back of me, but I know his injuries arent very bad.
"Its a miracle he got out of it with no serious injuries either."
Colin's daughter Danielle said that she got the "fright of her life" when she heard the news.
She said: "I was at home. I haven't been well since Saturday so me and my two-year-old daughter Skylar had just woken up from a nap on the sofa. I spoke to my dad [Colin] earlier on at around 1pm. He told me he was driving so he would speak to me in the morning.
"Then I got a message from him at around 3.54pm telling me not to be alarmed but he had been in a massive smash, but he was fine and was just sore.
"I got the fright of my life.
"I'm just so glad that he's alright and everyone else is too. It could have been so bad."
The A14 eastbound carriageway has been at a standstill since the accident, as emergency services are trying to remove the vehicles from the road.
There are also delays on the westbound carriageway because people are slowing down to look at the incident.
An East of England Ambulance service spokesman said: "We received a call at 2.09pm to reports of a road traffic incident involving two lorries on the A14 Eastbound near Hemingford Abbots.
"The East of England Ambulance Service Trust dispatched two ambulance crews, and a rapid response vehicle to their scene where they treated three patients. No information on age, sex or injuries.
"Two of the patients were taken to Hinchingbrooke Hospital for further care, and one other patient was discharged at the scene."
A Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: "At 2.09pm on Tuesday (May 8) two crews from Huntingdon and one crew from Papworth were called to a road traffic collision on the A14.
"Firefighters arrived to find a collision involving three vehicles on the eastbound carriageway near Godmanchester. All persons were out of their vehicles when crews arrived."
A Cambridgeshire Police spokesman said: "We were called at 2.10pm to reports of two lorries and a van crashing on the eastbound carriageway near Godmanchester. The road is blocked by whats happened.
"Ambulance service is also there. We are unclear about the extent of any injuries.
"The road is completely blocked."