Ice blamed for car crashes

Whitby police have issued a winter weather warning to motorists after the emergency services were inundated with calls on Monday morning about hazardous driving conditions on the moor roads.

At 7am there were “multiple” calls to police regarding vehicles which had left the road between Scaling Dam and the Danby junction on the A171 Whitby to Guisborough route.

North Yorkshire Police were asked to assist colleagues from Cleveland Police with two of the accidents.

With the first one a Hyundai Accent had left the road and overturned while further down the road, in an unconnected incident, a blue Fiesta had crashed off the road and into a hedge.

Police say both drivers suffered only minor injuries.

And, another driver escaped injury when their vehicle crashed an hour later.

It was reported that a yellow Suzuki Ignis had come off the road and landed on its roof on the A169 Whitby to Pickering road at around 8am at the dip in the road at Brockerbeck.

Police say the cause of the accidents was weather related and due to the amount of ice on the roads.

It is the first frost of the winter so far and Sgt John Webb is encouraging motorists to be aware of the change in the weather conditions and to plan journeys accordingly.

He told the Gazette: “The bad weather is now upon us and we need to be more careful. Make sure you have de-icer and scrapers and that windows are clear before you set off.

“It is about common sense, waiting that extra two minutes and being aware that there are going to be pockets of ice, particularly around overhanging trees and low level areas.”