Wintry conditions blamed for seven crashes in Suffolk this morning - police reiterate warnings about icy roads

Icy roads near Whatfield.

Icy roads near Whatfield. - Credit: Archant

More than seven accidents were attended by police between 6am and 9am today, including one which caused a car to land on its roof.

Temperatures plunged to -5.6 degrees Celsius (21.92 Fahrenheit) in parts of Suffolk last night, and the spate of accidents has caused Suffolk police to reiterate the warning to motorists to take extra care in icy conditions.

No-one has been seriously injured in any of the accidents, with the ambulance service only having attended one of the incidents.

At 6.47am, police were called to an accident in which a Ford Fusion had gone off the road and partially into a ditch in Flowton Road, Elmsett.

At around 7.15am, a Porsche collided with the central reservation on the A12 at Wickham Market.

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The car ended up facing the wrong way on the southbound carriageway, but had been moved to the hard shoulder by 8.30am.

In Progress Way, Eye, a damage only collision was reported at 7.55am after a Citroen Xsara collided with a lamppost. The driver reported to police that they had skidded in the slippery conditions.

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At 8.05am, a Ford Fiesta landed on its roof on the pavement in North Warren, on the road between Leiston and Aldeburgh. At 8.39am the vehicle was still partially blocking the road.

A three vehicle road traffic collision occurred on the B1078 at Clopton just after 8am, close to the Manor Road turning.

The accident involved a Nissan Micra, a Peugeot 307 and an Audi A4 and is partially blocking the road. Another motorist has stopped to help divert traffic as the incident took place close to the brow of a hill.

The driver of a Vauxhall Meriva reported slipping on ice on Main Road, Henley. The accident was reported to police at 8.21am and is partially blocking the road.

A woman, thought to be in her 50s, is being treated by ambulance crews at the scene of a two vehicle crash in The Street, Holywell Row.

The accident occurred at around 8.25am and involved a Volvo C70 and a Mercedes SLK230.

Emergency crews remain at the scene.

A spokesperson for Suffolk police said: “Police would like to remind drivers to allow extra time for your journey and drive at a sensible speed.

“Leave appropriate distances between yourself and other road users.

“Accept your journey will take longer and don’t take risks.”

Forecaster at Weatherquest, Adam Dury, said that freezing fog overnight, combined with the plunging temperature, would have caused road conditions to be icier than normal.

Later today, temperatures could reach as high as 5 or 6 degrees Celsius (41 Fahrenheit), and as low as -1 or -2 degrees Celsius (30.2 Fahrenheit ) overnight.

Suffolk Constabulary has released the following advice for driving in icy and snowy conditions:

- Make sure all your car lights are working and you have no failed bulbs. Ensure that dirt, salt and snow is cleared away from light fixtures.

- Always ensure all windows are fully cleared of snow, frost and condensation before setting off on a journey - it is illegal to drive with obscured vision.

- Clear snow from the top of the car as this can fall down and obscure your windscreen while you are driving.

- Keep windscreen washer fluid topped up as windscreens quickly become dirty from traffic spray and salt from the roads.

- Make sure you have sufficient fuel for your journey. Keep the fuel tank topped up.

- Give yourself extra time for your journey and drive at a constant speed. Accept your journey will take longer.

- Take a mobile telephone with you and make sure it is fully charged. Carry a mobile charger in the car.

- If you get stuck in the snow stay with your car, but in an emergency if you do need to leave it, park it out of the main traffic route, where it won’t cause an obstruction when conditions ease.

- Leave a contact number on the inside of the windscreen and return to your car at the first opportunity you have.

For further tips on staying safe on the roads this winter, click here

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