Icy conditions lead to road accidents

ICE and snow have led to a spate of road accidents and collisions on North Devon roads this week. A Combe Martin teenager was hospitalised with leg and arm injuries after his moped was involved in a collision with a white Ford Fiesta around 8.30am yesterday

ICE and snow have led to a spate of road accidents and collisions on North Devon roads this week.

A Combe Martin teenager was hospitalised with leg and arm injuries after his moped was involved in a collision with a white Ford Fiesta around 8.30am yesterday (Monday) near Chambercombe Terrace in Ilfracombe. It is thought the incident was ice-related.

The 16-year-old had been trapped under the car and was freed by fire and ambulance crews before being taken to hospital in Barnstaple. The road was closed for about an hour.

The light snowfall and subsequent freezing left some roads incredibly treacherous. The road from Berry Down to Muddiford was closed for safety after a single black BMW was involved in a collision outside Indicott Farm on Monday around 7.40am. No injuries were reported.


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Three vehicles were also stuck on ice and unable to climb out of Ilfracombe on the New Barnstaple Road.

In Barnstaple, a Vauxhall Astra hit a lamppost at Tews Lane in Roundswell on Monday at about 6.30am. No injuries were reported but the road was closed for a time while the damaged lamppost was removed.

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A boy was taken to hospital by the air ambulance on Monday after a collision near East Anstey. He had been travelling in a black Corsa when the incident happened at around 10.30.

The woman had to be freed from the car by fire crews from South Molton, Bampton and Dulverton, who used hydraulic cutting equipment to release her before she was conveyed to hospital by land ambulance.

Five people were reported airlifted to hospital on Saturday afternoon after a head on two vehicle collision near Holsworthy. One person was trapped and had to be released by fire fighters before being taken to North Devon District Hospital by air ambulance.

South Western Ambulance Service sent a rapid response vehicle, two ambulances, a doctor and the Devon Air Ambulance.

The RAF Seaking from Chivenor also attended and flew a further four casualties to hospital, while a sixth was taken by land ambulance.

Dr David Hillebrandt, who attended the incident, was called to three road traffic collisions in total on Saturday involving 11 people in all.

Today (Tuesday) several centimetres of snow fell on high ground in North Devon and the temperature is expected to drop below freezing again tonight, according to the Met Office.

Drivers are again advised not to travel overnight unless essential, to leave more time for journeys and to reduce speeds.

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