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Warning in Tayside as ice causes 20 crashes

  • 15 December 2011
  • From the section Scotland
Road in winter
Image caption Rain followed by freezing conditions has led to widespread ice, police warned

Widespread ice has caused at least 20 crashes on roads across Tayside, police have reported.

Rain in the region overnight was followed by clear skies and sub-zero temperatures, which caused issues on many roads.

Tayside Police said Perth and Kinross had been worst hit, but added ice was also causing problems in Angus.

Many of the incidents were minor, but one man had to be cut free from his lorry after crashing on a back road.

Officers said the 37-year-old man was taken by ambulance to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee after complaining of leg and back pain.

He was travelling on a road from the A9 northbound, near Stanley in Perth and Kinross, when his lorry left the road and ended up in a field, shortly before 12:00.

His injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

Tayside Police said gritters were working to treat affected roads, but warned drivers to be aware of black ice.

A spokesman for the force said: "A road may appear to be completely clear of snow or ice, but there could be unseen ice on the road's surface.

"Wherever possible, drivers should try to stick to main routes and reduce their speed.

"Given the current cold weather, it is imperative that people adapt their driving to suit the conditions around them and be considerate to other people on the road."

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