Ice blamed for spate of blackspot crashes

Coun­cil sent out ‘first re­sponse’ grit­ter team

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Will Ack­er­mann will.ack­er­mann@trin­i­tymir­

AT least two cars crashed sep­a­rately at the same icy blackspot in Hare­field, caus­ing rush hour de­lays.

Po­lice said a red Ford Zetec skid­ded over a bank on Harvil Road and ended up on its side at 7.45am on Fri­day, Jan­uary 23, shortly be­fore a sil­ver Toy­ota Aven­sis span into a bush.

No-one was in­jured but both cars were dam­aged and other driv­ers faced de­lays, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

A Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice Ser­vice (MPS) spokesman said: “It was due to very se­vere con­di­tions due to the weather. The coun­cil sent out their first re­sponse team to get [the road] grit­ted.”

Wit­nesses said at least one other ve­hi­cle had crashed at the same spot, near to the junc­tion with Moorhall Road.

Marie Martin­dale was driv­ing her grand­chil­dren to school when she saw the red Ford Zetec on its rear, after which, she said, a white van span 360 de­grees in front of her, be­fore the driver re­gained con­trol and con­tin­ued ahead.

On her way back, at around 9.15am, she saw a blue car that had gone over the bank back­wards with its bumper smashed, she said.

Ms Martin­dale, 65, of Sul­li­van Cres­cent, Hare­field, added: “It’s just aw­ful. There’s al­ways a pud­dle there when it’s rained. It must be a dip in the road. It’s lethal, but I’ve never seen any­thing like this.”

She added: “I just think that spot should be grit­ted ev­ery morn­ing. It’s al­ways been an ac­ci­dent wait­ing to hap­pen.”

Twit­ter user El­liot Ross said ‘three or four’ cars had bumped into one another and another was on the side of the road when he passed at around 8am, when his car’s ther­mome­ter read -4C.

He added: “Peo­ple driv­ing by were ask­ing if they needed any help and they said they’re OK, so hope­fully fine. No ser­vices there at that point but pre­sum­ably were on their way.”

One of the worst ac­ci­dents to oc­cur at the blackspot hap­pened in Jan­uary 2013, when a car skid­ded on ice and som­er­saulted into a field.

A coun­cil spokes­woman said after the in­ci­dent: “The coun­cil re­ceives fre­quent weather alerts from the MET of­fice and in re­sponse to re­ports of in­clement weather con­di­tions grit­ted Harvil Road yes­ter­day evening (Thurs­day, Jan­uary 22) at 7pm and again this morn­ing at 4.50am.

“We will con­tinue to reg­u­larly mon­i­tor weather con­di­tions and will as­sign the high­ways team to grit af­fected ar­eas.”

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