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    #1

    There's been a car accident vs There was a car accident

    Tom and Mary are caught in the traffic jam now.

    Mary: What's happened?
    Tom: There's been a car accident.

    Is it incoorect to say 'There was a car accident'?

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    Re: There's been a car accident vs There was a car accident

    It's not incorrect to use the past tense but the present perfect tells us that the accident has only just happened.

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