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Spate of crashes follow cold snap

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: January 16, 2014

By Robin Scott

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EMERGENCY services leapt into action across Stafford Borough on Tuesday morning when a sudden overnight freeze left roads icy and driving conditions hazardous.

Drivers faced delays borough-wide as crews dealt with a serious of crashes.

In one accident, on Within Road in Hopton at around 5.45am, a car overturned and skidded into the middle of the road, landing on its roof. A man was taken to hospital.

A woman in her 40s was hospitalised on a spinal board after coming off her scooter on Wildwood Drive at around 7.30am.

Another woman who had to be cut free from her car after it came off the road and overturned on Yarnfield Lane just before 7.50am was taken to hospital. The road between Ashdale Park and the A34 The Fillybrooks was blocked while the incident was cleared.

Paramedics also attended a crash at Railway Cottages in Baden Hall, Eccleshall just before 8am, after a man flipped his car. He was discharged at the scene with minor injuries."

Just after 8am a woman crashed her car into a telegraph pole at Winghouse Lane in Tittensor and was taken to University Hospital of NorthStaffordshire.

Staffordshire county councillor Simon Tagg, cabinet support member for transport said: "Staffordshire has the largest gritting network in the West Midlands and our crews were out in force across the county on Monday night.Heavy rain, followed by freezing temperatures can lead to patches of black ice creating a significant but invisible danger for drivers.

"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."

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