Traffic Update: Collisions on icy roads around Sussex and Surrey

An accident on the B2146 at South Harting on January 14.CONTRIBUTED PICTURE
An accident on the B2146 at South Harting on January 14.CONTRIBUTED PICTURE

SUSSEX police are warning motorists after several reports of collisions and accidents around Surrey and Sussex this morning (January 14).

Icy roads have caused a number of accidents around the Midhurst and Petworth area.

The Sussex West Road Policing Unit covers the Chichester, Arun, Adur and Worthing, and Horsham Districts.

On its twitter account, it has reported ‘Lots of Collisions coming in due to Icy Roads North of Chichester, Hampshire /Surrey Border’.

Since 8am this morning, there have been more than five incidents in the area.

There was a car on its roof on the B2146 at South Harting and a two vehicle crash at Dunsford Road, Plaistow, Billingshurst.

And there was another RTC on the A286 at Fernhurst, with traffic building up.

In Milland, there were two separate road traffic accidents involving five vehicles on the B2070 Milland.

Sussex Police dealt with the spate of road traffic collisions across the area today after the early morning drop in temperatures created treacherous icy conditions on many roads.

On the B2141 at Chilgrove, near Chichester, at least ten vehicles were involved in separate crashes after coming to grief on sheet ice. No injuries were reported.

The dual carriageway B2070 London Road near Rake, on the Sussex-Hampshire border, also turned icy, and at least five vehicles left the road and collided with trees or the central reservation. No injuries were reported.

At 8am a woman driver was left with chest and abdominal pains and a man driving another vehicle suffered shock after they collided on Dunsfold Road just to the west of Plaistow.

Two cars left the road and collided with hedges at Barnsfold Farm, Loxwood, near Billingshurst, at around 9.15am but no injuries were reported.

At 8.36am a woman and her son suffered minor leg injuries after their car skidded on black ice outside Conies Farm on Maplehurst Road north of its junction with the A272 Cowfold Road and went into a hedge. They were out of their car when a second vehicle collided with it, again having skidded on ice.

Police have warned motorists to beware of sudden changes in temperature which can lead to ice forming on road surfaces, particularly now that many are damp from recent rainfall.

Drivers are advised to slow down, use controls sensitively and to leave plenty of room between themselves and other vehicles.