Ice danger but no-one seriously hurt

DRIVERS in Suffolk steered clear of serious accidents during morning rush hour today, despite dangerously icy roads.Police and ambulance crews were however called to dozens minor traffic accidents across the county.

DRIVERS in Suffolk steered clear of serious accidents during morning rush hour today, despite dangerously icy roads.

Police and ambulance crews were however called to dozens minor traffic accidents across the county.

The county woke to cold temperatures and iced over windscreens in a re-emergence of the icy snap from last week.

Warnings were issued to drivers as many roads were dangerously slippery due to overnight rain freezing on the roads.


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Lisa Wilson, Suffolk police spokesman, said: "There were a few accidents across the county where people spun and collided into cars, or off the roads.

"There's been no serious accidents or injuries though, just sliding on the ice."

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A 4x4 Suzuki Vitara skidded off Westerfield Road, crashed through the fence at Christchurch Park and ended up overturned in the park, close to the Gainsborough Road junction. The female driver was travelling alone and was unhurt.

The accident was one of several on Westerfield Road.

A police spokesman said: "It's like sheet ice on parts of the road, particularly close to the Valley Road roundabout.

"There have been four or five single vehicle accidents because of the ice but fortunately no injuries."

A 52-year-old woman was taken to Ipswich Hospital following a two-vehicle collision on Foxhall Road in Ipswich.

A male casualty was also transferred to hospital after another two-vehicle accident on the B1077 at Witnesham.

Incidents also included a male motorcyclist coming off his bike at approximately 7.30am at Larkspur Close, Ipswich, and a woman falling off her motorbike at the Woodbridge Road/Belvedere Road junction.

A car came off the road and rolled onto its side in New Lane, Holbrook at approximately 8.54am, just minutes after a Ford Mondeo skidded on Lower Road, Westerfield.

A lorry and car were in collision in Alpheton, a car drove ended up in a ditch in Woolpit and two cars skidded separately in Wickhambrook, all at approximately 8.30am.

Shortly before a car was found in a ditch at Combs Lane, Stowmarket, two cars were involved in a shunt at Grove Lane, Ipswich, and there was a single vehicle accident at Wetherden Road, Elmswell.

Earlier this morning a car hit a tree in Great Bealings and a man was injured in a two-vehicle crash at The Street, Witnesham. Two cars were also involved in an accident on the B1115 at Semer.

At 7.30am a vehicle hit a wall after skidding on Nacton Road, Ipswich, and a lamp post was hit by a skidding car in Exning.

Police were called at 7.15am to a car accident on the A134 at Long Melford, a car which had turned upside down in a ditch at Debenham and a collision between a car and motorcycle at Hawthorn Drive in Ipswich.

At 6.30am there was a collision on the road between Mildenhall and Eriswell, and shortly before 6am there was a crash on the A143 at Chedburgh.

Temperatures were expected to rise to approximately 4C today, with sunny intervals appearing throughout the day.

Weather experts predict it will get warmer over the next few days.

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