Stoke & Staffordshire

Drivers warned after accidents due to icy conditions

Yarnfield Lane, Stone Image copyright Staffordshire Police
Image caption Winghouse Lane in Tittensor was blocked because of an accident

Motorists have been warned to drive with care after freezing weather led to a series of accidents in Staffordshire.

A woman was taken to hospital with back injuries after being cut free from her overturned car by firefighters on Yarnfield Lane in Stone at 7:40 GMT.

Staffordshire Police said black ice had also caused a coach to crash on the same stretch of road about 08:00 GMT.

Two other cars overturned in Baden Hall, Eccleshall and Within Road in Hopton in icy conditions, it said.

The force reported 12 accidents caused by icy weather between 05:45 and 10:00 GMT.

Ch Insp Phil Fortune said: "Temperatures dropped overnight and there was a substantial amount of ice on untreated, mainly rural roads.

"The local councils were out gritting but they can't cover everything so the message is for motorists to take extra care."

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