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‘Drive with care’ - 37 crashes across Norfolk in icy conditions

PUBLISHED: 10:25 26 January 2018 | UPDATED: 15:15 26 January 2018

Five collisions in 25 minutes were reported due to icy conditions, including on the A148. Picture: Norfolk Police

Five collisions in 25 minutes were reported due to icy conditions, including on the A148. Picture: Norfolk Police

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Police are urging drivers to take care on the roads as icy conditions have led to 37 crashes reported in Norfolk this morning.

Officers are attending to incidents right across the county, with the most serious at the A1122 at Fincham.

The road there was blockedin both directions after a collision between a car and a lorry at around 6.23am. The driver of the car is being taken to hospital and the road, which was blocked for several hours for recovery work, has since been cleared..

Fire crews from Swaffham, Downham Market and Kings Lynn South attended the crash and used hydraulic rescue equipment to release the casualties.

A section of the A1122 at Outwell remains blocked after a two vehicle collision between a Volswagen Polo and a Dacia Sandero.

The A149 at Sheringham also remains closed after four cars collided at around 7.15am. A BT pole had been struck during the collision and the road was closed, with a number of occupants sustaining minor injuries.

Roads suffered from black ice after Norfolk County Council failed to grit routes around the county.

A county council spokesman said: “We buy a weather forecast service from a specialist provider which we use to inform our decision on whether to grit, and also where and when.

“While it’s usually very accurate, the forecast for last night suggested road temperatures would not dip below freezing, so on this occasion we unfortunately didn’t have the information needed to send the gritters out.”

Through the morning incidents have also been reported at;

6.15am: A1122 at Outwell

6.52am: A47 at Hopton

6.53am: A149 at Rollesby

7.01am: B1150 at Coltishall

7.02am: B1077 at Great Ellingham

7.04am: B1108 at Barford

7.15am: A149 at Sheringham

7.32am: B1149 at Saxthorpe

7.37am: Hale Road at Ashill

7.42am: Norwich Road at Edgefield

8.01am: Norwich Road at Stockton

8.07am: Cromer Road at Beeston Regis

8.30am: Gayton Road at Grimston

8.33am: Watton Road at Kimberley

8.44am: B1145 at Salle

Officers are also dealing with a collision in the A148 between Thursford and Bale, which occurred around 6.20am. A car had rolled and fire crews from Fakenham and Holt used hydraulic rescue equipment to release one male occupant with minor injuries.

A spokesman for Norfolk Police said: “Much of the county is affected by icy conditions, therefore please drive with extra care.”

Meanwhile Suffolk Police said officers have responded to 14 collisions on their roads since 6am this morning.

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