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Gritter crashes into ditch and blocks A3123 near Combe Martin

By NDJChloe  |  Posted: January 18, 2013

  • The gritter slid into a ditch on the A3123 near Combe Martin this afternoon

  • The gritter slid into a ditch on the A3123 near Combe Martin this afternoon

  • The gritter slid into a ditch on the A3123 near Combe Martin this afternoon

  • The gritter slid into a ditch on the A3123 near Combe Martin this afternoon

  • The gritter slid into a ditch on the A3123 near Combe Martin this afternoon

  • The gritter slid into a ditch on the A3123 near Combe Martin this afternoon

  • The gritter slid into a ditch on the A3123 near Combe Martin this afternoon

  • The gritter toppled into a ditch on the A3123 near Combe Martin

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A gritter has toppled into a ditch on a snow-covered road near Combe Martin.

The gritter, which also has a snow plough on the front of it, had ended up in a ditch near to Stowford Farm Meadows camping and caravan site on the A3123.

Journal photographer Rob Tibbles was at the scene and said the A3123 and the A399 between Blackmoor Gate and Combe Martin is virtually impassable due to heavy snow drifts.

The A3123 is blocked in both directions while the gritter is being pulled back onto the road.

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Rob Tibbles described the scene: “There are three gritters up here one of which is in a ditch. The road is backed up in either direction and the road is all but impassable. There is a recovery vehicle pulling the gritter out of the ditch with chains. It looks like two wheels have gone into the ditch.”

Devon County Council confirmed the gritter had slipped off the road due to the snowy conditions. A spokesman said: “It happened late Thursday on the road between Lynton to Berry Down.

"The driver was unhurt and no other vehicle was involved.

"We quickly dispatched another gritter to the scene and were able to continue with the gritting route.”

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