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Drivers warned after spate of crashes on dangerous icy roads across Sussex
11:12am Tuesday 14th January 2014 in News
Drivers have been warned about driving in treacherous icy conditions after a spate of collisions today.
On the Chelwood Gate Road between Nutley and Chelwood Common the driver of a Land Rover Discovery was trapped in his vehicle after it left the road and collided with a telegraph pole shortly before 8am.
On the B2141 at Chilgrove, near Chichester, at least 10 vehicles were involved in separate crashes after coming to grief on sheet ice. No injuries were reported.
The dual carriageway B2070 London Road near Rake, on the Sussex-Hampshire border, also turned icy, and at least five vehicles left the road and collided with trees or the central reservation. No injuries were reported.
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Three vehicles collided on the B2133 Harbolets Road at 7.50am, leading to it being closed between its junctions with Broadford Bridge Road and the B2139 Coolham Road while emergency services attended.
All three drivers were reported to have suffered minor injuries. Again, sheet ice was present.
At 8am a woman driver was left with chest and abdominal pains and a man driving another vehicle suffered shock after they collided on Dunsfold Road just to the west of Plaistow.
Two cars left the road and collided with hedges at Barnsfold Farm, Loxwood, near Billingshurst, at around 9.15am but no injuries were reported.
At 8.52am a car skidded into a ditch after encountering ice near Maple Farm, Marches Road , between the A29 Bognor Road and Kingsfold. The woman driver was unhurt.
At 8.36am a woman and her son suffered minor leg injuries after their car skidded on black ice outside Conies Farm on Maplehurst Road north of its junction with the A272 Cowfold Road and went into a hedge. They were out of their car when a second vehicle collided with it, again having skidded on ice.
Police have warned motorists to beware of sudden changes in temperature which can lead to ice forming on road surfaces, particularly now that many are damp from recent rainfall.
Drivers are advised to slow down, use controls sensitively and to leave plenty of room between themselves and other vehicles.
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