Police bombarded with fireworks and missiles at ‘large-scale disorder’ in Cardiff

Unverified posts on social media later speculated that the collision had been caused by a police chase.

Police urged people “not to speculate” online, and said the crash had already happened before officers arrived.

In an initial statement on Twitter, South Wales Police Cardiff said: “Emergency services are at the scene of a serious road traffic collision on Snowden Road, Ely.

“The road is closed between Wilson Road and Jackson Road. Please avoid the area and take an alternative route.”

In a later update, the force said there were “now a large number of officers working to manage the collision”, but also to “de-escalate ongoing disorder at the scene”.

“We urge anyone involved to leave the scene immediately and ask local residents to stay away while the matter is brought to a safe conclusion,” police said.

“Emergency services remain at the scene. It is important that people avoid the area so we can effectively deal with this incident.

“Please avoid speculation – we will bring you the latest details as soon as we can – all of our updates must be factual.”

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