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Police warn motorists of icy conditions after spate of North Devon car crashes

By NDJJoel  |  Posted: December 06, 2012

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Police have warned drivers to exercise caution on North Devon's icy roads after officers attended four car crashes this morning.

A Flogas lorry carrying containing 20 cannisters of LPG gas collided with a stationary Peugeot 306 after sliding on ice at Deer Valley Road in Holsworthy around 9am this morning.

The lorry also destroyed a garden wall during the collision.  Police said the gas cannisters had shifted inside the lorry but did not cause any danger.

The road was closed while Highways workers dealt withe the ice.  No one was injured.

An hour earlier at 8am a Fortd Transit van slid on ice on a steep back road between Crow Dicth and Ashwater near Beaworthy.

The van skidded off the road but the driver managed to drive it back onto the highway.  No one was injured.

Just after midnight a Vauxhall Vectra from Bude also span off the road after sliding on ice near Pancrasweek.

Police attended and the vehicle was eventually recovered at 1.45am.  The male driver of the car was not injured.

A car rolled off the A377 road at 6am this morning after hitting ice around one mile from the Chapelton train station.

The Citreon Saxo, which was being driven by a 25-year-old man from Chulmleigh, was the only vehicle involved in the incident.

Police and ambulance crews attended the scene.  Police said the driver complained of a head injury which was deemed to be minor by the ambulance service.

Police spokesman Alan Mobbs said: "Anyone who scrapes ice off their car in the morning should not be surprised to find ice on the roads.

"Our advice is always to slow down and make sure your car is properly maintained, especially the tyres tread, tyre pressure and windscreen washers."

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