Wiltshire Police issues black ice warning after 55 crashes this morning
Motorists are being advised to drive carefully after Wiltshire Police reported 55 crashes this morning because of black ice on the roads.
The collisions, none of which were serious, included two reports of vehicles hitting trees, one on the Bradford Road, near Corsham, at 5.58am, and another on the B3106 in Holt, near Bradford on Avon, at 6.49am.
Police believe the dangerous condition of the roads was due to rain washing away grit overnight and are urging people to take care.
Superintendent Nick Ashley said: “We have had a unprecedented number of road traffic accidents this morning.
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“Thankfully, although there have been some injuries, these have not been serious but it is only a matter of time if motorists do not take care on the roads.
“After the heavy rain most of the grit that was placed on the roads during the snow has been washed away by the rain, this has then frozen and left black ice all over the roads.
“This can make roads extremely dangerous and I am urging motorists to take care or even reconsider travelling this morning.”
Police have said that 53 of the road traffic collisions had occurred between 5am and 8am, with 28 being classed as minor injury and 25 as non-injury.
Officers are liaising with the Highways Agency and Wiltshire Council to work on the worst areas affected.