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Black ice warning for motorists

Wiltshire and Sussex Police have reported several accidents caused by motorists' cars sliding on black ice, left behind after melting snow.

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Black ice in Wiltshire

Wiltshire Police have issued safety warnings to drivers after 27 accidents this morning involving black ice. The incidents have mostly involved single vehicles. It is believed that the deceptive black ice on the roads havs been caused by rain washing away the grit from snow left on the ground.

The main area affected has been around Swindon and Chippenham.

" We have had a unprecedented number of road traffic accidents this morning. Thankfully, although there have been some injuries, these have not been serious but it is only a matter of time if motorists do not take care on the roads. After the heavy rain most of the grit that was placed on the roads during the snow has been washed away by the rain, this has then frozen and left black ice all over the roads. This can make roads extremely dangerous and I am urging motorists to take care or even reconsider travelling this morning."

– Superintendent Nick Ashley, Wiltshire Police

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