If you are sitting in traffic and you know it is because of an accident. Do you say; there is an accident ahead or there is an accident in front

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As this is a social interaction, there is likely to be many ways of expressing it.

For example, my choice in British English would be:

There is an accident up ahead.

However, it also depends on the context, because if we heard about the accident on the radio we might say:

There is an accident ahead.

For your other example 'There is an accident in front' the response might be 'in front of what?'

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