16:45 Tuesday 14 January 2014

Black ice warning after three morning crashes

Written byHELEN KREFT

POLICE have issued a warning over the dangers of black ice after drivers lost control of their cars in three separate incidents causing one vehicle to overturn, this morning.

The incidents happened in Abbots Bromley, and two on the same road in Needwood, near Burton, after temperatures plummeted overnight to just above freezing.

Staffordshire police warned: “A number of accidents are being reported around the county attributable to ice. Take extra care on the roads.”

The first incident took place at 7am this morning when police were called to Uttoxeter Road, Abbots Bromley to a two vehicle smash involving a grey Peugeot 307 and a grey ford KA.

A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: “One car hit black ice and lost control which led to the collision.

“One passenger suffered minor injuries and ambulance attended.”

The next incident was the first which happened in Newborough Road, Needwood, where the motorist managed to drive on her way despite the car ending up in a ditch.

Police were called to the incident at 8.25am after the vehicle ended up in a ditch, after skidding on black ice.

Incredibly the female driver and her car were ‘pulled out and she was allowed to go on her way.’

The second crash on the same stretch of road took place at 9.49am where all emergency services were called

Services included two fire crews from Burton and the rescue tender from Longton, near Stoke, who attended.

The incident involved one blue Peugeot which was on its roof.

A woman, who was not injured, had been released from the car prior to the arrival of the fire service. Firefighters made the vehicle safe and left the scene at 10.20am, and police managed to clear the scene by 12.20pm. However it is not clear whether black ice caused the incident.

It came as angry readers took the Mail’s website to complain about ungritted roads.

Flutechef said: “Pretty obvious if you have rain followed by cold, but not a grain of grit to be seen. I too would have been in trouble first thing had a car been coming in the opposite direction.”

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