Amwell Crossroads was a regular problem for the police in the 1960s. If it wasn't dealing with accidents it was being sent to do traffic duty on a Bank Holiday as there was so much traffic on both roads (remember this before a national speed limit was introduced) that we had to perform point duty to enable the queues of traffic on the A414 to cross the equally busy A10. With vehicles approaching at speeds in excess of 70 m.p.h. it certainly made sure you gave a very clear "stop" sign with your arm raised vertically to approaching traffic.
However, on 25th April 1969 I was on early turn and had just returned home in
order to have my breakfast at about 8.30 a.m.. I'd not been home for very long when
I was directed to attend a report of a lorry on fire at Amwell Crossroads. I knew
there was a major problem as I reached the queue of traffic somewhere near the level
crossing at St. Margarets so I had to drive on the wrong side of the road all the
way to the crossroads -
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