TAKE care - and don’t be fooled by the apparent weather conditions, that’s the message from emergency services after a spate of crashes in and around Solihull this week.
More than 50 road traffic collisions were reported to Warwickshire Police on Wednesday as adverse weather conditions made driving difficult.
At 6.30am a coach and a Jeep were involved in an incident on the A3400 Stratford Road near Henley-in-Arden, but they did not collide. The coach went into a ditch and collided with a tree and the Jeep skidded and ended up on its roof.
Emergency crews were called to the scene but no-one was injured.
A 4x4 and a van were involved in a collision on Kenilworth Road, near Bradnocks Marsh Lane, on the outskirts of Balsall Common. The woman driver of the 4x4 was taken to hospital.
Less than two hours later, Bickenhill firefighters were called to an overturned car on Warwick Road, in the Chadwick End area, near the Black Boy pub. The woman driver was shaken but unhurt.
Fire service watch commander Gary Alder said: “There were several other incidents of cars skidding while we were there, so the road was closed while the car was put back onto its wheels and made safe.
“Snow had melted and the water had turned to ice and created very hazardous conditions.
“Side roads and country roads were particularly bad. Although the road looks clear, drivers should be aware of black ice.
“The message is, drive slowly and allow more time for your journey.”
West Midlands Ambulance Service on Wednesday echoed the warning for drivers to take extra care.
A spokesman said: “We would appeal to drivers to take note of the conditions and act appropriately.
“They should ensure all windows have been defrosted before setting off, then slow down and leave a larger gap between themselves and the vehicle in front. It is better to arrive a few minutes late, than be involved in an accident.”
* A man died and two people were seriously injured in a three-car crash on the B4102 near Meriden on Tuesday. It happened under the M6 bridge at Fillongley at about 6.45pm and involved a blue Toyota Previa, a silver Toyota Yaris and a blue Peugeot 807.
Police believe that the Previa, which was travelling towards Meriden, crossed into the path of the on-coming Yaris and the Peugeot then crashed into the Yaris.
The driver of the Yaris, a 63-year-old man from Coventry, died. A 38-year-old woman, a passenger in the same vehicle, was taken to University Hospital, Coventry, with suspected abdominal, pelvic and wrist injuries. A third person was taken to the same hospital with back injuries.
Those with information should call police on 01926 415415.