Black ice causes crash chaos across South Yorkshire

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icy roads caused a series of crashes across South Yorkshire and Derbyshire - causing chaos for motorists caught up in traffic jams.

Emergency services were alerted to smashes overnight on Tuesday into Wednesday, with most incidents occurring between 6am and 8am as the roads became busier and motorists got caught out on black ice.

In one incident a lorry jack-knifed on the A628 Manchester Road, close to the junction with Lee Lane, Millhouse Green, when it skidded at around 7am after water from a burst main turned into ice.

A car ended up in a wall on the Snake Pass, between Snake Summit and Glossop, and another vehicle crashed on the A621 near Owler Bar.

Another car crashed into a wall on the A632 Chesterfield to Hasland road and police were alerted to ‘sheet ice’ on Ringinglow Road, Hathersage, yesterday morning.

There were also reports of cars skidding on Hope Road, Hope Valley, and the A6 at Bakewell was described by police as ‘treacherous’.

There were two collisions on Buttermilk Lane, Bolsover, yesterday and police closed Green Moor Road at its junction with Underbank Lane, Stocksbridge, because of the icy conditions.

Police also closed the A628 Woodhead Pass after a lorry and car collided near Tintwistle blocking the road.

Weather forecasters predicted more ice on the roads this morning and overnight on Saturday.

A spokesman for MeteoGroup said: “Friday will be a cold, dry day and overnight on Saturday there could be some wintry showers.”

From 6pm last night 20 vehicles worked through the night spreading grit on Sheffield streets.

Meanwhile, snow fell in central Stockholm, Sweden and in Russia.