Crashes cause chaos
Jan 22 2009 by Andrew Hirst, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
TWO early morning crashes resulted in mayhem for motorists.
A blue VW Polo hit a parked car and a wall on Leymoor Road in Golcar at 7.20am yesterday.
The badly damaged car blocked the road and several buses got stuck in the tailbacks.
Drivers went on to the Banks estate to get round the problem, but found those roads covered in ice.
Joanne McLean, 37, from Longwood, was taking her nine-year-old son, Jake, to Manor Road School in Golcar when she came across the accident.
She watched a gritter arrive, turn round and then go back down Leymoor Road.
“The lorry had not gritted going up the road, but did so once it had turned round, “ she said. “It just seemed too late.”
Mark Dobson, manager for Kirklees Highways Streetcare, said: “We did a full grit at about 6pm on Tuesday, but the problem was it rained overnight and washed it away. The water froze and salt was put on the ice, but it does not work straight away.”
He said the gritters put salt on the main roads and then only move into the side streets if the snow and ice persists for some time.
In another smash, two cars collided on Edgerton Road at its junction with Blacker Road, causing long tailbacks on Halifax Road into Huddersfield.
No-one was hurt in the crash, involving a silver Ford Ka and a grey Audi A4, at 8.30am yesterday .
Many drivers trying to avoid the chaos headed down Westbourne Road and Trinity Street instead – but they soon got choked up too.