Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Think ice! - fire service reminds drivers to take care

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service continues to remind motorists of the need to take care in winter weather.

The reminder comes as the service dealt with four crashes yesterday (Monday 2 February) on rural roads in the north of Wealden District.

The first crash happened on the A267 at Five Ashes. Crews from Crowborough and Heathfield attended and used hydraulic rescue equipment to release one person, who was left in the care of paramedics from South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb).

There followed another crash at High Street, Hartfield. Fire crews were called at 4.15pm to help SECAmb after a car went onto its side. No-one was trapped but one person was injured. Fire crews helped make the vehicle and area safe and the incident was left with police.

The next was at 7.23pm when a car was reported to be in a dangerous position on a driveway in School Lane, Crowborough. Crews removed the vehicle and made it safe, leaving the scene at 8.08pm. Nobody was injured.

Shortly after that at 7.38pm there was a collision between two private vehicles on the A272 Coopers Green, Uckfield, where one car spun off the road, hitting a tree and the other ending up in a ditch. No-one was trapped or injured, but the road was closed while the area was made safe. Fire crews left the scene just after 9pm. It has been reported that there was black ice on the road at the time

Mani Gilbert-King, borough commander for the service in Wealden, where all these incidents occurred said:

“Please slow down the roads are icy. Surface water has frozen making rural roads treacherous.

“Remember, you'll be nice and warm with your heater on but outside the temperatures could be as low as -4 or -5.  Keep your distance from the car in front, take your time and if you see water think ICE!"

More weather-related advice and useful contacts can be found here: http://www.esfrs.org/communitySafety/advice/winter-weather.shtml - roads

05.43               RTC person trapped                                                Five Ashes
16.15               RTC make safe                                                          Hartfield
19.23               Car in precarious position on driveway             Crowborough
19.38               Two cars – one into tree, another into ditch      Uckfield

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