Friday, 10 October 2014

Road users urged to take extra care after three serious RTCs in North Wealden

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service urges road users to take extra care after three serious road traffic collisions (RTCs) in North Wealden.

Crews from Uckfield and Crowborough have attended three serious RTCs in recent days all of which involved the extrication of casualties.

The first on Monday 6th October 2014 on the A22 bypass saw firefighters cut two people from a vehicle.  One person was already in the care of paramedics when crews from Crowborough and Uckfield arrived on the scene at the Blackdown Roudabout, at 11.58am. Crews then set about rescuing two further casualties in a second vehicle and following the rescue then made the area safe. 

Crews from the same two stations again worked together on Thursday (9th October 2014) morning at 10.45am to free the drivers of two cars following a serious collision on the A26 at Herons Ghyll.

One car had left the road and come to rest at the bottom of a mud bank. Firefighters used hydraulic cutting equipment to remove the roof of the badly damaged car before assisting paramedics in removing the motorist who’s injuries were surprisingly minor.

The second car remained on the road and its driver also received minor injuries.

At 0855hrs on Friday (10th October 2014 ) morning Uckfield and Crowborough firefighters worked together to free a trapped car driver following another accident on the A26 at Herons Ghyll.

For the second morning running, the road was closed due to a serious collision after a Skoda Fabia and a Toyota Celica crashed head on, trapping the Skoda driver.

Crews again used hydraulic cutting equipment to remove the roof and doors and assisted paramedics in removing the female who received cuts, bruising and whiplash injuries.
Sussex Police are investigating the incidents.

The recent spate of accidents coincides with the rain which has made the roads very slippery following a prolonged dry spell.

Making Wealden's roads safer
Statistically, Wealden's roads see the highest number of 'killed or seriously injured' (KSI) accidents in the County and as a district has the fifth highest number KSI incidents nationally. A national campaign is currently underway to raise awareness of the dangers associated with driving on rural roads.

Drivers are urged to take extra care on the roads during wet weather by slowing down, leaving additional space between vehicles, using headlights and giving themselves extra time for their journey. They should ensure that their tyres and wiper blades are in good condition and that their screen washer is working properly.

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