Chester FC’s players and officials were snarled up in hours of traffic chaos on the journey home from Tuesday’s match at Leyton Orient.

A serious accident on the M1 caused gridlock and meant the club’s team bus did not arrive back at the Swansway Stadium until 8.16am today – meaning they had been on the road for about 10 hours.

The Blues, who drew the match 2-2, left Orient’s Matchroom Stadium, just north of Stratford in east London, at about 10.20pm but ran into difficulties just after junction 15a on the M1 northbound, close to Northampton services.

Emergency services had been called to attend a two-vehicle collision at about 11.50pm, which meant traffic was kept at a standstill for just under five hours. One male casualty was freed by the fire and rescue service, and taken to hospital.

The motorway was closed from junction 15a and not fully reopened until 9am.

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