Ice causes road chaos

PUBLISHED: 22:00 25 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:20 17 June 2010

TREACHEROUS weather conditions led to several crashes on roads this week. Emergency services were inundated with reports after the sub zero temperatures on Tuesday evening and Wednesday caused widespread chaos. In three separate incidents at around 7am on

TREACHEROUS weather conditions led to several crashes on roads this week.

Emergency services were inundated with reports after the sub zero temperatures on Tuesday evening and Wednesday caused widespread chaos.

In three separate incidents at around 7am on Wednesday, a lorry veered into a hedge, a car hit was damaged when it ploughed into a bank and a motorcyclist was injured when he came off his bike on the A3052 at the junction of Parsons Close and Exeter Road in Newton Poppleford.

The driver of a Fiat Punto had a lucky escape when, at 7.45am, on the same stretch of road at Goosemore Farm in Newton Poppleford their car spun out of control and hit a grass verge.

Police also attended a two car crash on the A375 near Sidbury at around 7.30am. The collision involved a black Volkswagen Golf and an articulated lorry which was carrying timber.

The driver of the lorry received a cut to the face, but did not need medical attention.

In Ottery just after 8am a motorist lost control of his car at St Saviours Bridge on Barrack Road, but was not hurt in the collision.

Concerned drivers reported hazardous icy conditions and cars spinning out of control near Bradford Building Supplies in Alexandria Road, Sidmouth.

Several roads across East Devon were blocked and traffic crawled during the rush hour period on Wednesday morning.

Urgent warnings were issued by the emergency services appealing for motorists to drive carefully.

Sergeant Andy Turner, of Sidmouth Police, said: "The roads were like a skating rink and you couldn't stand up.

"There were several collisions in the area and we know not all of them were reported to the police.

"Police resources in Sidmouth were stretched to their absolute limit. In the end PCSOs were going to accidents and directing traffic so officers could move to the next incident."

"In the morning most people were quite cautious and drove sensibly but it was the odd one or two that were driving way too fast in the circumstances."

Devon County Council gritted all 48 salting routes on Tuesday afternoon and overnight but a DCC spokesman said "it was inevitable that there would be some places with ice even where they had been treated".

He added: "We are constantly monitoring the weather situation in our Highway Operations Control Centre, but there will always be times when the weather will prevail, which is why we are constantly warning the travelling public never to assume a road has been treated and even if it has, that will not guarantee that it will be safe.

"Motorists must drive with care and according the conditions.


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