Bus services were diverted, businesses were affected and a funeral briefly delayed when a main road in and out of Kettering was closed yesterday afternoon.
Police closed Rothwell Road between Kettering Crematorium and the A14 roundabout after a BMW collided with a Skoda outside the Evening Telegraph office at 1.15pm.
A third car was also involved.
Paramedics treated the driver of the Skoda for neck injuries and the BMW passenger for a cut to the head.
A fire crew also attended because of a petrol leak.
The road was finally opened at about 4.30pm.
The Evening Telegraph understands police were delayed opening the road because recovery vehicles had to be called from Milton Keynes.
The closure affected bus routes and caused a brief delay to the funeral of Charlotte Filer at the crematorium.
The nearby Telford Lodge pub was also affected.
Manager Tara Humphries said: “It hit us quite badly. Since about 1pm, people had been coming in to us in dribs and drabs.”
There was also a two-vehicle collision which caused more delays at Junction 7 of the A14 at about 3.40pm.