Black ice causes 53 collisions in Wiltshire

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By nhavergal | Monday, January 28, 2013, 11:39

As Wiltshire experiences a change in weather conditions, Wiltshire Police are warning motorists that black ice is still on roads across the county. 

Fifty three collisions across Wiltshire have been black ice related however some accidents were not as major as others. 

Police are asking people to be careful on the roads and not to make a journey unless it is necessary. 

As the snow melts away the heavy wind and rain is removing some of the grit on the roads which is causing the roads to be hazardous in some areas. 

Police and the Highways Agency are currently joining forces to tackle the issue. 

Emergency services attended to a number of accidents this morning which has raised concerns over black ice.

Superintendant Nick Ashley said: "We have had a unprecedented number of road traffic accidents this morning."

"Thankfully, although there have been some injuries, these have not been serious but it is only a matter of time if motorists do not take care on the roads. After the heavy rain most of the grit that was placed on the roads during the snow has been washed away by the rain, this has then frozen and left black ice all over the roads."

Black ice is hard to spot while driving and when driven over at a high speed can cause a vehicle to swerve and go out of control. It has been advised to reduce speed if you are unsure of whether black ice is on the road or not. 

      

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