Frost creates road problems

A HARD overnight frost today caused problems for drivers throughout the region.Gritters had been working overtime, but some roads remained untreated into the morning rush hour.

Naomi Cassidy

A HARD overnight frost today caused problems for drivers throughout the region.

Gritters had been working overtime, but some roads remained untreated into the morning rush hour.

A police spokesman said today there was a spate of minor collisions overnight due to the weather conditions but none of them were of a serious nature.


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A lorry broke down at mini-roundabout where Wherstead Road approaches the A14 this morning - causing serious delays for rush-hour drivers heading into Ipswich.

This morning the icy roads and descending fog made drivers very cautious on the county's roads.

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One road that had been treated was the B1077 between Witnesham and Ashbocking where two people died in an horrific accident just before Christmas last year.

At that time there was controversy because the road had not been treated, but today it was clear that the gritters had been out - the surface was greasy but relatively safe if drivers were careful.

A spokesman for Suffolk County Council said today the gritters had been out last night and early this morning. There were no plans for a day-time run because temperatures were expected to rise, but if they did fall unexpectedly the crews would be sent out again.

There were two separate accidents on another stretch of road last night.

At about 6.10pm fire crews from Eye, Debenham and Norfolk attended a crash in Dublin Road between Occold and Bedingfield where a man was found to be trapped in his silver Ford Ranger Thunder 4x4 which was on its side.

The crews used cutting gear to free the casualty.

Ambulance crews took him to hospital and it is believed he suffered fractured ribs.

Just a few hours later at 9.50pm there was another single car crash at the same spot. A blue Skoda Fabia ended up in a ditch after leaving the road.

Both cars were still at the scene this morning as the owners were arranging their own recovery.

A red Ford transit van also broke down on the A14 westbound carriageway near the approach to the Orwell Bridge at about 7.55am today, which caused some traffic problems.

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