Ice warning after crash

A gritter truck in action

A gritter truck in action

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A WARNING was today made about driving in icy conditions after a truck driver had to be cut from his cab.

The 55-year-old driver was involved in the accident on Preston New Road near Little Marton Windmill.

He suffered a back condition which meant he could not drive or get out of his vehicle.

Fire crews and ambulance staff worked together to free him from the vehicle and take him to Blackpool Victoria Hospital for treatment.

Dave Rigby, sector manager for the North West Ambulance Service said the accident should serve as a warning to all drivers to take note that winter weather has arrived.

He added: “Drivers need to be aware the icy conditions are making the roads more slippery – they need to leave far more space between each other as they drive along.

“When the driver got back into the cab he became stuck and we worked with the fire service to extricate him from the cab.

“He was taken on a long board to Blackpool Victoria Hospital after being given painkilling treatment.”

The accident happened at 10am on Monday. Wintry conditions are expected to continue across the Fylde coast this week.

The AA is advising drivers ice can increase a vehicle’s stopping distance by 10 times.

A spokesman added: “Gentle manoeuvres are the key to safe driving. Wear comfortable, dry shoes for driving. Cumbersome, snow-covered boots will slip on the pedals.

“Pull away in second gear, easing your foot off the clutch gently to avoid wheel-spin.

“And if you have to use brakes then apply them gently. Release the brakes and de-clutch if the car skids.”

The organisation also recommends staying in one gear while driving uphill, and using a low gear to travel downhill – leaving as much space as possible between yourself and the car in front.