UPDATED 5:50pm: The Esterley Tibbetts Highway is now open in both directions, according to the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service.
ORIGINAL: Rush hour traffic ground to a halt Friday afternoon after a major traffic accident close to old Hyatt hotel.
The Esterley Tibbetts Highway was closed in both directions north of the Fidelity Roundabout, near Camana Bay.
By 4.45 p.m. traffic was tailed back from the site as far back as the A.L. Thompson roundabout.
Police, ambulance and firefighters are on the scene. One of the vehicles, blackened and burnt from the crash, appeared to have flipped on its side while the other had also suffered extensive damage.
Two people were injured in the accident, around 3.45 p.m. Both were taken to hospital by ambulance though there injuries were not thought to be life threatening.
Traffic travelling from West Bay to Camana Bay/George Town is being diverted off the highway in the vicinity of the Strand to West Bay Road. Traffic traveling toward West Bay from Camana Bay is being diverted at the Fidelity Roundabout to West Bay Road.
Updates to follow.