South Yorkshire driver suffered broken bones in black ice chaos

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A TIPPER truck driver who crashed through a garden wall when black ice struck South Yorkshire was taken to hospital with broken bones after getting hit by a van when he climbed out of his damaged vehicle, police today revealed.

The 52-year-old, from Thrybergh, Rotherham, had been travelling downhill on Gibbing Greaves Road towards the junction with Brecks Crescent, Listerdale, Rotherham, when his truck skidded on black ice and struck a garden wall on Brecks Crescent.

His truck, which narrowly missed colliding with a house, ended up at a 45 degree angle with its rear wheels in the air.

Police said the driver and his passenger managed to get out and were next to their truck examining the damage when a second vehicle, a silver Vauxhall Vivaro van, also slid down Gibbing Greaves Road, after hitting a patch of ice – heading for where the tipper struck driver was standing.

He tried to move out of the way of the van but was struck and carried around 25ft towards a grassed area on Brecks Crescent, opposite the junction with Gibbing Greaves Road.

The driver of a yellow Ford Transit van, which was parked on Brecks Crescent, got out of his van to help the injured tipper truck driver after witnessing the collision.

Police said the 23-year-old then saw his own van slipping towards them on the icy road and he managed to stand in front of it to stop it moving any further and causing any more injuries to the injured man on the ground.

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “The 52-year old driver of the Transit Tipper was taken to Rotherham District General Hospital with possible broken bones.

“Anyone who witnessed this incident, or the manner of driving of the vehicles prior to the incident, should contact South Yorkshire Police.”

Police were inundated with reports of collisions on the county’s roads on Friday because of the weather phenomenon known as freezing rain – where rainfall freezes on impact when it hits the ground because of sub zero temperatures.

It caused sheets of ice to form on roads and pavements with cars unable to grip on untreated roads.

Police chiefs urged drivers not to venture out on to the roads unless necessary until the temperature started to rise and the ice thawed.

Hospitals across the county were also inundated with patients who had slipped on the ice, with staff at the Northern General Hospital reporting their busiest day on record in the accident and emergency department.

By midnight around 500 people had visited the unit for treatment for fractures and cuts caused by falling onto the icy ground.

n Witnesses to the Rotherham incident should call police on 101, quoting incident number 259 of December 14.