The A92 was closed on early Tuesday evening after collisions on the route caused teatime tailbacks.
Commuters leaving or returning to Arbroath found their way blocked at the Elliot roundabout as news filtered through of crashes involving 16 cars on the main artery road.
Widespread concern was aired on social media and readers from as far afield as Dubai contacted this newspaper worried about the consequences of what they had heard.
Fortunately, the reality was that despite a number of bumps, shunts and collisions, only four people were taken to Dundee’s Ninewells Hospital for treatment, none of which it seems were suffering from serious injuries.
Problems began when a black Fiat Punto and a black Volkswagen Golf collided. A 19-year-old man was treated at the scene for a head wound before being taken to hospital.
Police Scotland confirmed that the remaining vehicles involved in the incidents had either suffered bumper to bumper shunts or drivers had taken evasive action to avoid cars in front by steering off the dual carriageway.
Local diversions were put into place with west bound traffic diverted up Arbroath’s Westway, through Arbirlot and round by Bonnyton to the Easthaven junction. East bound traffic was also diverted off the A92 at Balmirmer and through Arbirlot.
As a result there were long tailbacks through the village.