RUSH hour traffic ground to a halt after police closed a main road to investigate a suspected attack on a man at a Doncaster park and ride site.
The Great North Road was closed in both directions after a man was found collapsed with a serious head injury outside the park and ride which serves the quality bus corridor.
The road was closed around the Scawthorpe site at Green Lane, leaving traffic which was heading into the town tailing back for a long distance.
Police initially treated the incident as suspicious and sealed off the area while they carried out inquiries on both carriageways as well as around the park and ride.
But the road was re-opened at 9am yesterday, as officers ruled out foul play in the incident, after studying closed circuit cameras in the area.
The injured man was taken to Doncaster Royal Infirmary for treatment.
A police spokesman said the 55-year-old from Woodlands was still in a serious condition as a result of head injury, probably caused when he collapsed to the ground.
He said: “We believe the incident happened at around 6am because CCTV shows him in that area, although there is a blind spot near where he was found.
“We don’t know exactly what happened to him but believe he collapsed and we don’t think there are any suspicious circumstances.
“We are still appealing for witnesses and anyone who can help trace his movements from Woodlands is asked to contact us.”
Traffic was diverted through smaller roads.
One motorist told The Star she had been delayed nearly an hour by the incident, turning off the A638 to use minor roads.
She said she initially thought the problem was just down to bad traffic.
She said: “I had set off early because I wanted to get into work early. I wanted to be in for 8.20am, but it was nearer 9.15am by the time I got in.
“I turned off onto the back roads around Adwick, but they were really busy too.
“It was extremely frustrating, especially because I didn’t know what the cause was.”
Another commuter, who was taking the train from Adwick Station, said: “People at the station were saying the traffic was ridiculous, and you didn’t know what was happening until you hit it.”
Another motorist, from Highfields, said she could see there was a problem as soon as she left the village.
“I could see the police car there,” she said. “But I start early and was in town by 7.40am. You could see the traffic starting to build up even then, although it only added 15 minutes to my journey.”
Buses were also disrupted. A spokesman for the bus company First South Yorkshire said: “Obviously it affected our bus services from 6am to 9am.
“All buses continued running but some were late because they were diverted through Bentley to get to and from Doncaster, and they could not reach the Park and Ride during that time.
“We would like to apologise to passengers for any inconvenience they were caused.”
Anyone with information is asked to call South Yorkshire Police on 0114 220 2020 quoting incident number 156 of Friday June 10.