REPORTS of accidents came in thick and fast this morning as icy roads led to dangerous conditions in Stafford and the surrounding areas.
Drivers faced delays all over the borough and beyond as hazardous conditions saw a number of collisions and cars leaving the road.
An accident involving a coach closed Yarnfield Lane in Stone in both directions early on and then just after 8am fire crews responded to reports of an overturned car and a passenger trapped in a vehicle blocking the road between Ashdale Park & the A34 The Fillybrooks.
Another accident and recovery work is current;y under way on Barlaston Road eastbound in Rough Close between the Cocknage Road junction and the Blurton Road junction.
Police also attended a crash at Baden Hall in Eccleshall and are currently in attendance along with other emergency crews attending an incident in Eccleshall following reports of a car that had left the carriageway and ended up in a ditch by the roadside.
A spokesman for Staffordshire Police warned drivers to take extra care driving in the hazardous conditions.
Further details as they become available.
A spokesman for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue told the Newsletter crews from Stone, Stafford and the rescue tender from Longton attended the incident on Yarnfield Lane after receiving a call a 7:47am.
"It involved one car which had come off the road," she said. "Firefighters assisted paramedics in releasing one woman from the car and she was taken to University Hospital North Staffordshire by land ambulance.
"Firefighters then made the vehicle safe."
She said crews left the scene at 8.20am.
The incident at Winghouse Lane in Tittensor is ongoing.
A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) told the Newsletter the had been called to the crash on Yarnfield Lane at 7:37am to reports of a road traffic collision and had sent a paramedic in a rapid response vehicle as well as a area support officer in another rapid response vehicle.
"We had an ambulance crew as well which took one woman to University Hospital of North Staffordshire with back pain. She was immobilised at the scene on a spinal board and taken to hospital as a precaution."
He said initial reports suggested the incident was a two car collision.
He said WMAS had also attended an accident at Railway Cottages in Baden Hall, Eccleshall after a call at 7:58am.
"This was a vehicle that had overturned," he said. "One male was reported to have head and neck injuries according to the caller.
"Paramedics checked him out, treated him and discharged him at the scene. He only had minor injuries."
He added WMAS were also in attendance at an accident in Tittensor at Winghouse Lane.
"We were called at 8:01am," he said. "A paramedic in a rapid response vehicle and a BASICS emergency doctor in a rapid response vehicle along with an ambulance crew attended the incident.
"The accident saw a car come into collision with a telegraph pole," he said. "Crews took a female patient complaining of head pain to UHNS."
He said the woman had no serious injuries.
A spokesman from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue said officers had also attended an accident on Within Road in Hopton in the early hours of the morning.
The accident saw a car overturn on the icy road ending up on its roof in the middle of the road and was reported by an off-duty policeman who was driving directly behind.
The policeman called in the accident at 5:45am and paramedics were on the scene in minutes.
A spokesman for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue said: “The car was on its roof in the middle of the road when we arrived.
"There was an off duty policeman on scene who had called it in," he said. "The man was being treated in the ambulance when we arrived and will have been taken to hospital.
"We secured the scene and made sure there were no spillages and that it was safe."
The fire crew left the scene by 6:10am.
A woman in her 40s was hospitalised on a spinal board after coming off her scooter on an icy road in Stafford this morning
The accident on Wildwood Drive happened just before 7:30am this morning.
A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “We were called at 7:30am this morning and sent one ambulance to an incident on Wildwood Drive.
“Paramedics treated a woman in her forties who had come off her scooter,” she said. “She was immobilised on a spinal board and taken to Stafford Hospital.”
Cllr Simon Tagg, Cabinet Support Member for Transport and Connected County with Staffordshire County Council, said: "Here in Staffordshire we have the largest gritting network in the West Midlands and our gritting crews were out in force across the whole of the county last night.
"Heavy rain, followed by freezing temperatures can lead to patches of black ice creating a significant but invisible danger for drivers and it is important that motorists take extra care on these winter mornings.
"Even where roads have been treated there can still be the risk of ice and I would encourage people to slow down and allow extra time for their journey when temperatures have fallen overnight."