UPDATED: Child hospitalised in one of two A41 crashes this morning as council reveals road WAS gritted

The air ambulance has issued road safety advice.
The air ambulance has issued road safety advice.

Festive cheer has come to an abrupt end for some motorists as two collisions closed the A41 in separate places this morning.

Police and ambulance services were called to the first crash involving three vehicles near the Bourne End exit heading northbound, at around 7.20am this morning.

A Fiat Panda, a Volvo box truck and a Mercedes A160 were involved, with one car thought to have hit the central reservation and needing recovery.

One ambulance crew arrived at the scene within seven minutes of being called by police for assistance at 7.54am.

One child under the age of two was taken to Watford General Hospital but is not thought to be seriously injured.

At around 7.45am, another incident involving one vehicle was reported after the turning for Hemel Hempstead.

No-one is thought to have been injured in the second accident.

The road was closed at the M25 and Two Waters Road while recovery of vehicles from both incidents took place.

Both parts of the road had been reopened by 8.55am.

Police logs refer to road surface conditions as a possible factor in the collisions, with a heavy frost having settled in the area overnight.

Gritters had been in force on the road from 5pm on Sunday evening, and are due to be gritting the road again this afternoon.

A Herts County Council spokesman said: “The incident on the A41 seems to be related to vehicles in the little used fast lane losing control as a result of ice.

“This problem is probably caused by low traffic volume and the salt not being trafficked effectively. We sent additional resources again to support the police closure.”