'Black ice' warning to Wyre Forest drivers

Kidderminster Shuttle: Black ice warning to Wyre Forest drivers Black ice warning to Wyre Forest drivers

DRIVERS in Wyre Forest are being warned by police to take "extra care" on icy roads after several incidents were reported this morning.

West Mercia officers attended a number of incidents cause by black ice on roads in the district during the rush hour, including two collisions at Habberley Road which blocked it from about 8am until 11.30am. No one was seriously hurt.

There were also two incidents during the morning at Clows Top with the first one blocking the A456 near the Colliers Arms pub at 8.20am when a Fiat lost control and left the road, hitting a hedge. The woman driving it was reported to be trapped in the vehicle and was released by fire crews.

An ambulance was also called to the scene but her injuries were not thought to be serious. The road was closed for about an hour.

At about the same time as the A456 was being reopened, at 9.20am, there was a collision nearby on the B4202 involving an Audi A3 and a VW transporter van. The two men driving those vehicles received minor injuries and were due to go to hospital. The vehicles were substantially damaged and the road was partially blocked for about 90 minutes.

PC Ryan Petford, who attended both Clows Top incidents, said: "There was clearly black ice on the road at both scene and while it would be inappropriate to say at this stage what part that played, if any, in these collisions it was clear other drivers on those roads were not taking heed of the conditions.

"While managing traffic there I had cause to stop about half-a-dozen drivers who were driving too fast for the conditions and advise them to slow down. In icy weather like we had this morning it's essential to drive according to the conditions and cut your speed.

"People need to take more care, give themselves more time and distance to slow down when driving behind vehicles and approaching junctions and to give themselves more time for their journeys before setting out."

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6:52pm Tue 14 Jan 14

bambihorn1972@aol.com says...

Views at the scene of the incident on habberley road and myself and the police in attendance had a job to stand up on the road because of How bad the ice was and guess what no evidence of any gritting! On speaking to the council to enquire about the gritting, they said "we gritted at 1830"! I do believe it was raining until about 2200 washing away said grit, wouldn't it have been sensible to take note of the weather forecast and grit after the rain had stopped?? Luckily nobody was seriously hurt although that depends on how you view cracked ribs!
Views at the scene of the incident on habberley road and myself and the police in attendance had a job to stand up on the road because of How bad the ice was and guess what no evidence of any gritting! On speaking to the council to enquire about the gritting, they said "we gritted at 1830"! I do believe it was raining until about 2200 washing away said grit, wouldn't it have been sensible to take note of the weather forecast and grit after the rain had stopped?? Luckily nobody was seriously hurt although that depends on how you view cracked ribs! bambihorn1972@aol.com
  • Score: 7

9:21am Wed 15 Jan 14

JayEmEl says...

I was passed by a gritting lorry in Bridge Street Stourport between 11:00 and 11:30 on Tuesday morning, the lorry was spreading grit and by that time all the ice had thawed.
Is the gritting services clock 12 hours our of sync with GMT?
I was passed by a gritting lorry in Bridge Street Stourport between 11:00 and 11:30 on Tuesday morning, the lorry was spreading grit and by that time all the ice had thawed. Is the gritting services clock 12 hours our of sync with GMT? JayEmEl
  • Score: 1

4:55pm Wed 15 Jan 14

stour67 says...

They had gritters out last night A499 4pm ish tues ,did they not see the forecast on the tv mild and getting warmer.
They had gritters out last night A499 4pm ish tues ,did they not see the forecast on the tv mild and getting warmer. stour67
  • Score: 1

1:42pm Thu 16 Jan 14

kunuty says...

Hope bcfc takes care on his mobility scooter when he goes to sign on in the morning
Hope bcfc takes care on his mobility scooter when he goes to sign on in the morning kunuty
  • Score: -4

4:44pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Bcfc1186 says...

No, Kunuty, tomorrow morning I will be driving the Merc to my office. I will be careful though, thanks for the concern.
No, Kunuty, tomorrow morning I will be driving the Merc to my office. I will be careful though, thanks for the concern. Bcfc1186
  • Score: 0

5:29pm Thu 16 Jan 14

kunuty says...

You can get second hand mercs for nowt no one wants gas goslers
You can get second hand mercs for nowt no one wants gas goslers kunuty
  • Score: -2

5:30pm Thu 16 Jan 14

kunuty says...

Mind you yours is electric wink wink
Mind you yours is electric wink wink kunuty
  • Score: -2

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