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UK News Video of crash in icy conditions used to warn drivers to take care

17:15  26 february  2020
17:15  26 february  2020 Source:   pressassociation.com

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Motorists are being warned to take extra care on the roads because of the icy conditions . South Wales Fire and Rescue Service said there were no injuries and no-one was trapped in the vehicles after the crash .

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a train covered in snow: Highways England released a clip of a car crash to urge drivers to take care on icy roads (Highways England/PA) © Provided by PA Media Highways England released a clip of a car crash to urge drivers to take care on icy roads (Highways England/PA)

Footage of a car slamming into a motorway barrier in icy conditions has been released as a warning to drivers to take care on the roads.

The red Nissan Micra can be seen skidding backwards at speed into the central reservation and into a Highways England vehicle along a stretch of the M61 in Lancashire.

Traffic officer Nigel Gorton, who had been dealing with a different incident in the same spot, had to jump the barrier to avoid being hit.

No-one was seriously injured in the crash.

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Drivers are being warned to take extra care on the roads this morning with icy conditions in parts of the country.Temperatures dropped below freezing in some Temperatures dropped below freezing in some areas last night and Met Eireann has a status yellow snow and ice warning for all counties in

Motorists have been warned to take extra care because of hazardous driving conditions . Passengers using Manchester Airport also faced delays because of thick freezing fog, and two flights were cancelled. There was a serious crash in Neath Port Talbot and a 10-car crash in Swansea

The collision happened in March last year but the footage was released to remind drivers to take care as icy weather is forecast across large swathes of Scotland and England.

There is a yellow warning for snow and ice stretching the length of western Scotland down to Loughborough in the Midlands due come into force at 10pm on Wednesday.

It will expire at 10am on Thursday and is likely to bring wintry showers and icy roads, causing some travel disruption and risk of injury.

Mr Gorton said: “We’d had a report of a collision on the M61, so I’d been dealing with that when I spotted the car skidding out of control towards me.

“Luckily, I was able to jump over the barrier in time but a few minutes earlier I’d been getting cones and warning signs out of my car boot, so I dread to think what would have happened if I’d still been there.

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Image caption Even gritters have to take care in icy conditions - this is the scene on the A76 north of Sanquhar. A Met Office warning for freezing temperatures and ice across Scotland has been lifted. On Friday and Saturday there were multiple collisions in parts of Scotland when drivers in some areas

Icy conditions can occur suddenly and without warning , so you have to be The most important thing about driving in harsh icy and winter conditions is to always be prepared. In an emergency situation, take measures to keep yourself safe and prevent hypothermia.

a close up of a snow covered field: Highways England traffic officer Nigel Gorton was forced to jump the central reservation to avoid being hit (Highways England/PA) © Provided by PA Media Highways England traffic officer Nigel Gorton was forced to jump the central reservation to avoid being hit (Highways England/PA)

“I’d definitely urge motorists to make sure they drive to the conditions as it takes a lot longer to stop when the roads are icy, and any sudden manoeuvres can lead to you losing control of your vehicle.”

Highways England is calling on drivers to slow down, particularly on roads that have been freshly gritted as the salt will not have had time to work into the carriageway.

The government-owned company also recommend drivers carry a snow kit including warm clothes and blankets, food and water in case they get stranded in poor weather.

Tips to avoid skidding include driving in a higher gear to avoid wheel spin, avoiding harsh braking and using gentle manoeuvres and easing off the accelerator if you start to skid.

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