Emergency services have confirmed why they were twice called to roads near a hospital yesterday.

Locals were concerned after noticing the two incidents taking place around 10 hours apart on either side of Watford General Hospital.

At around 12.30pm (September 25), Vicarage Road was blocked near the hospital after a Renault Twingo and an Audi TT crashed, in what a passer-by described as a “major car accident”.

Herts Police, Herts Fire and Rescue, and nurses from the hospital worked together at the scene before a woman was taken into hospital to be checked over. Her injuries were not thought to be serious.

Both vehicles were recovered, and the scene was cleared by 1pm.

Later, members of the public reported seeing multiple police cars and a fire truck blocking Thomas Sawyer Way, behind the hospital.

Herts Fire and Rescue explained that two fire engines and an aerial platform were sent to the scene after a call to assist the ambulance service at 9.11pm.

Firefighters helped to free someone who had fallen on to a disused railway line and get them to an ambulance.