Tunnel reopens after travel chaos

Four people have been taken to hospital after two cars collided in one of the Mersey Tunnels overnight, causing chaos of commuters.

The Wirral bound Wallasey Tunnel finally re-opened just after 12.00 after emergency services cleared up the damage.

Police say officers from the Tunnels Police and Merseyside Police's Roads Policing Department were called to the crash just before 03.00 after reports of a head-on collision between a silver BMW and a green Rover in the contraflow lane.

Initially it was believed one of the injured - a 19-year-old woman - was seriously hurt, but police don't believe her injuries are life threatening after all.

A Merseyside Police spokesman said:

"The 19-year-old woman, who is from the Ellesmere Port area, remains in hospital, however her injuries are not now believed to be life-threatening.

"The 45-year-old driver of the Rover, who is from the Chester area, has been released from hospital along with a 20-year-old woman from Cheshire.

"The 69-year-old driver of the BMW, who is from Pensby in Wirral, remains in hospital as a precaution."