UPDATE (4 p.m.): The accident has been cleared and traffic on the bridge has returned to normal.

Traffic has slowed down on the New Bedford-Fairhaven Bridge following a three-car accident at about 3 p.m. Friday afternoon.

The accident happened at the Fish Island area of the bridge. Police say there are minor injuries, and that the crash does not appear to be serious.

Motorists should avoid the bridge area as the scene is being cleared.