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Flurry of accidents on A595 in Cumbria due to icy weather

THE A595 in Cumbria was partially blocked this morning due to a flurry of crashes.

Police are warning motorists to take care on the county's roads after freezing overnight temperatures created icy conditions on the roads.

A series of crashes started at 5.51am, when a Vauxhall Vectra skidded on ice near Foxfield. Police say the driver, believed to be a woman, was uninjured.

At 6.55am a motorcyclist escaped injury when he came off his bike after skidding on ice on the same stretch of the A595. Cumbria Highways have been tasked to the site for extra gritting.

Also on the A595 in South Cumbria, a 52-year-old woman avoided injury, after her Suzuki Swift ended up on its roof, again due to icy conditions between Grizebeck and Broughton.

And at 8.15am a silver BMW was involved in a collision in Foxfield after skidding on the ice. The driver was uninjured.

Police are also warning motorists of hazardous conditions leading up to Muncaster on the A595. Water run off has frozen on the road creating a blanket of ice.

In the Lakes, police are advising of hazardous driving conditions on the A591, Rydal Road, between Compston Road, in Ambleside, and the Back Lane junction, in Legburthwaite.

A Cumbria police spokeswoman said: "Motorists are being advised to take extra care and time with their journeys as colder weather over night has resulted in icy conditions on the roads.

"Patches of ice are on the roads and people are advised to take their time, keep a safe breaking distance from the car in front and reduce their speed."

Have your say

I was on the A595 from Barrow to Moor Row twice this week, yesterday and Monday. Road was fine, bit wet in places on Monday but nothing to worry about.

The only danger really is the ones speeding like idiots and cutting corners on bends.

It has been very noticible recently that since the ice has started, the way local drivers drive hasnt changed. Still overtaking, driving too fast and not caring one bit about other road users. The attitude for some in "Im going to get there first or faster and I dont care if I put you or myself in danger".

Cant wait until we get a bit of snow and the A590 grinds to a halt again because of a light covering. More people should go and find a big bit of open ground and have a drive in the snow so they are used to how their car feels.

In ice and snow a car can take 3 or 4 times the usual distance to stop, especially if you dont have winter tyres.

Drive safe people.

Posted by Safe Driver on 30 November 2012 at 13:13

I'm going to assume that all these drivers were driving with due care and attention, considering the conditions and that the bad driving I see is confined to the Sebastian Vettels on the St Bee's Road and the indicator-less vehicles so popular here? That, forewarned with the local knowledge that this IS a Third world carriageway everybody drives in full concentration, within speed limits and respecting the fact they are behind the wheel of tonnes of crushing metal?

Posted by Steve Mc on 29 November 2012 at 22:15

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