Icy conditions cause road havoc

ICY conditions caused havoc on Suffolk's roads today.Police reported dangerous conditions in some parts of the county with more than 20 accidents in just over two hours this morning.

By Amanda Cresswell



ICY conditions caused havoc on Suffolk's roads today.

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Police reported dangerous conditions in some parts of the county with more than 20 accidents in just over two hours this morning.

One of the worst hit areas was part of the A12 near Wickham Market where traffic was diverted as the road was gritted three times.

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Drivers said some road across the county were "like a sheet of ice".

Fortunately there were no serious injuries in those two hours but a police spokeswoman urged motorists to slow down saying:

"As the icy conditions continue we would urge drivers to take extra on the roads and do what they can to minimise the risk of the accidents, such as topping window washers up, making sure their tyres are in good condition and keeping their speed down."

However, the ambulance service reported the number of falls were no more than usual.

But a spokeswoman said: "Black ice is obviously the worst weather conditions for trying to drive somewhere fast in an ambulance.

"Especially late night or in the early hours it hampers our speed, particularly in rural areas."

Gritters were out between 4.30am and 7am after hearing the weather reports and made all major roads safe.

A highway spokesman said: "Gritters were not sent out last night because of weather forecasts indicating raised temperatures.

"At 2 am a more extensive forecast showed rainfall and at 6 am a decision was made to send gritters out."

There were several accidents across the county.

At 8.30am police received reports of a crash between a bus and a car at Chapel Road, Mutford in north Suffolk. The car driver received a minor injury and there were no bus passengers.

Earlier there was a report of a non-injury accident at Station Road, Halesworth. A police spokeswoman said: "The road was like a skid pan."

Shortly after 8am a single vehicle crashed on a blind bend just outside Bildeston.

Earlier two vehicles were involved in a crash at Rigbourne Hill, Beccles. "The road was like a sheet of ice," said a spokeswoman.

At 8am on the B1062 at Barsham was a non injury accident on dual carriageway. At the same time was a two vehicle crash on the B1121 at Church Hill in Benhall.

One vehicle crashed on the B1062 at Beccles. Two vehicles crashed on Lakenheath High Street just before 8am.

Earlier a car ploughed into a wall in Mildenhall. At 7.30am two vehicles collided on the A143 at Ixworth and the road was gritted because of the icy conditions.

Earlier there had been an accident at Brent Eleigh involving one vehicle. A vehicle spun on black ice and collided with the central reservation on the A12 at Bredfield just after 7 am.

At the same time a van rolled over in into a ditch on the A140 northbound just past the A14 junction.

Earlier a heavy goods vehicle skidded off the road at London Road, Weston, and at 7am a car spun on the A12 at Woodbridge, ending up on the central reservation.

A lorry crashed into a fence at Bredfield at 6.20am and earlier a car was involved in an accident on the A140 at Yaxley.

At 5.45 a single vehicle was involved in an accident on the A12 at Wickham Market. A police spokeswoman said: "We put up diversions through Wickham Market because the road was so icy." The road was closed for three hours while gritters were called to grit the road three times.

One vehicle was involved in an accident on the A140 at Creeting St Mary at 5.30am .

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