Motorists’ black ice accidents

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BLACK ice brought major disruption to Wigan’s roads yesterday as icy conditions returned to the borough.

Motorists were caught in major tailbacks after temperatures plummeted to below zero overnight.

And the Arctic weather caused some drivers to lose control of their motor vehicles when black ice emerged on road surfaces.

Police confirmed a female motorist escaped serious injury when her Renault Clio skidded on ice in Meadow Pit Lane, Haigh.

The car collided with a Ford Fiesta at around 7.45am yesterday causing disruption during the morning rush hour traffic. Both drivers were unhurt.

In another incident, a car veered off Chorley Road, Standish, near Worthington Lakes, causing delays for motorists on their way to work.

Wigan Council has pledged to prevent ice from forming on the borough’s main road network every night when icy conditions are forecast.

Metro bosses say priority is given to maintaining safe driving conditions on the most frequently used routes as it is too costly to treat every side street and minor road.

Grit boxes are available on the roadside for some steep minor routes.

A huge new ‘Salt Barn’ at the highways depot in Sovereign Road, in Lower Ince, stockpiled more than 4,000 tonnes of grit salt mined in Winsford before winter.

The council has used online means such as Twitter and also their own website to alert people of gritting information and building closures.

Earlier this month, council chiefs praised workers for their efforts during the freezing weather.

Deputy leader and cabinet champion for the environment, Coun David Molyneux said: “The teams work through the night, usually from 7pm when the traffic is lighter.

He added: “Officers say that the weather over the last three years has become very unpredictable and we’re now experiencing temperatures that affect the effectiveness of salt as a de-icer on many more nights than previous years.”