Warning to drivers after 53 collisions on black ice across the county
9:08am Monday 28th January 2013 in Latest News
Police are warning drivers to take care after a spate of crashes on black ice today.
By 8am today, Wiltshire Police had dealt with 53 road traffic collisions caused by black ice on roads across the county.
Twenty eight were minor injury RTCs and 25 were non injury RTCs.
Wiltshire Police have repeated their urgent warning to motorists travelling this morning.
The police are urging motorists to take care and even re-consider their journey if is isn't necessary. Black Ice formed overnight on many roads in the county.
It is believed to have been due to the rain washing away the grit which had been spread on the roads to counter the recent snow.
Police are liaising with the Highways Agency and council partners to work on the worst areas affected.
Superintendent 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.
"This can make roads extremely dangerous and I am urging motorists to take care or even reconsider travelling this morning."