Norfolk police issue warning as fog leads to number of crashes on our roads

Police have been called to a number of crashes this evening because of the fog. Police have been called to a number of crashes this evening because of the fog.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
9:23 PM

The patchy fog which covered most of Norfolk this evening has resulted in a series of crashes across the county in “testing” driving conditions.

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Norfolk police have been called to several crashes in Norfolk this evening, most of which occurred around the busy evening rush hour when the fog lingered across parts of the county.

A spokesman in the force control room at Wymonndham said: “We’ve had lots of crashes tonight in every single corner of the county but thankfully all of them have been minor.

“At one point we had 10 on the go which were all grade A’s. By the time we got to them the drivers had got the cars off the road.

“It was about 6pm well into the rush hour. They were from Beccles over to Walpole and had been going on everywhere.”

The spokesman said people needed to heed usual warnings about not driving too fast for the conditions.

Motorists have also been urged to turn off their fog lights which look to have been a factor in some of the crashes, with police tweeting “Fog is making driving conditions more testing, but please remember to turn off fog lights when not needed”.

The spokesman said: “If people don’t turn their fog lights off, if someone is behind them or in front of them, you can’t see the brake lights. There was a lot of rear-ending because people can’t see the brake lights.”

Crashes to have taken place this evening include one on the A140 at Tasburgh where a blue Toyota Yaris went into a hedge after being involved in a crash with a Fiat Stilo on the A140 Norwich Road at about 4pm.

A police spokesman said no-one was injured in the crash although it did block the road and caused long delays southbound until it was recovered.

Meanwhile crashes elsewhere included:

At just after 6.20pm a fire crew from Holt was called to Briston, near Melton Constable to a crash on the B1354 and assisted with casualty care and made the scene and vehicles safe.

Appliances from Great Yarmouth attended to a road traffic collision at Bradwell just before 6pm and made the vehicles safe.

At just after 4.50pm a firefighters from West Walton assisted ambulance and police following a crash on School Road, Walpole Highway north of Emneth.

Suffolk was not as badly affected with a spokesman in the force control room reporting just a couple of shunts in the town centre although seemingly not connected to the fog.

Have you been caught up in a crash caused by the weather? Email peter.walsh@archant.co.uk

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