Hail storm causes nine vehicle pile up on the A436 near Birdlip
CARS flipped onto their roofs in a nine-vehicle pile-up after a sudden hailstorm.
It closed the busy A436 in both directions between Seven Springs and the Air Balloon roundabout during rush-hour yesterday.
Miraculously no-one was injured in the incident.
A Great Western Ambulance spokesman said: "We were called at 3.20pm with reports of an RTC and two cars ended up on their roofs.
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"Luckily no-one was seriously injured.
"There were 11 patients all together, four of those were walking wounded with extremely minor injuries, while two people went to hospital as a precaution.
"But nobody involved has any kind of injury as such."
Gloucestershire Constabulary shut the road in both directions while ambulance crews dealt with those involved.
"The cause of the collision has been attributed to a sudden hail storm," said police spokesman Simon Masters.
The road was still closed off at the time of going to press.
A diversion was put in place through Leckhampton Hill.
Duncan McGaw, chairman of Coberley parish councillor, said his thoughts were with those who were caught up in the crash. He said: "I wouldn't want to speculate at all on what can have caused the accident but it sounds very serious indeed with that many vehicles involved. We don't like to see any road accidents take place in our area."