Drivers warned on ice hazards

An overturned car on Smithy Lane, Staining.
An overturned car on Smithy Lane, Staining.
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ICY conditions have left Fylde coast motorists struggling to cope with treacherous roads.

Emergency services said they were called to three separate crashes due to black ice.

A silver 4x4 overturned 
after skidding on Smithy Lane, Staining, and had to be hoisted back onto its wheels by police.

And one person, who posted on The Gazette website saying they were the driver of the vehicle, said: “It was purely the black ice, I skidded, steered into it, hit the bank and it flipped my car.

“I was going very slowly, and there was just nothing I could do.”

The incident happened at 8.20am on Smithy Lane, which was closed to commuters until mid morning as police called in the council to grit the lane.

A Lancashire Police spokesman said: “It was extremely icy.

“Traffic management blocked off the road while they sorted out gritting.”

As the Met Office warned the temperature will struggle to get up to one degree today, Coun John Singleton, who represents rural Staining on Fylde Council, said: “You have to be careful and sensible.

“The council does have plenty of salt stocks but in all fairness you can’t grit everywhere.”

Earlier yesterday, a 32-year-old woman suffered minor head injuries when her car skidded on an icy road in Wrea Green. The black Ford Ka was travelling along Bryning Lane towards Warton when it skidded off the road at 7.45am.

Another vehicle spun off Ballam Road, Westby, and careered into a hedge at around 8.30am yesterday but the female driver was uninjured.

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