‘Treacherous’ icy conditions cause spate of crashes

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SUSSEX Police has been dealing with a spate of road traffic collisions across Sussex this morning (January 14), after an early morning drop in temperatures created treacherous icy conditions on many roads.

“On the B2141 at Chilgrove, near Chichester, at least ten vehicles were involved in separate crashes after coming to grief on sheet ice,” said a Sussex Police spokesman. “No injuries were reported.”

There were several other crashes around the county, and 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.

On why the gritters were not out last night, a West Sussex County Council spokesman said: “The weather predicted by the Met Office last night were for plus temperatures.

“We can only react based on the information we’re given. There was no indication of frost, ice or freezing conditions last night.

“For example, these problems were shared by East Sussex County Council this morning.”