Council workers carrying out a “deep clean” of an accident blackspot road were threatened and abused by angry drivers.
Kirklees Council issued an emergency order to close the B6118 Bellstring Lane/Liley Lane and connecting roads, between Grange Moor and Colne Bridge, on Wednesday.
But, it has emerged, furious motorists flouted the closure and vented their anger at work crews.
The B6118 has become notorious for crashes this winter and the council closed the road – along with Highgate Lane, Moor Top Road, Upper Heaton Road, Bog Green Lane and part of Colne Bridge Road – to clean off mud and other debris.
The roads – often used as a short cut between the M1 and the M62 – were closed from 9.30am until 8pm.
Take the journey along Bellstring Lane below
In an e-mail to councillors, seen by the Examiner, a council manager described a “difficult day” for council workers.
She said the workforce was the “butt of abusive drivers and dangerous driving with drivers intent on using the road, regardless of the closure.”
Then later in the afternoon there was a fuel spillage on the road between Laneside Quarry and Grange Moor and a separate leak from a broken down bus also near Grange Moor.
The spillages had to be sanded and swept but cars using the roads for local access spread the contamination. As a result the roads remained closed for longer.
WATCH as driver loses control of his van on Bellstring Lane
The “deep clean” was ordered after concerns about mud on the road.
There are two quarries at either end – Temple Quarry near Grange Moor and Laneside Quarry at Kirkheaton – and several farms.
A spate of accidents have been reported on the road since last November with cars and vans losing control and spinning off the road even at low speeds.
Last week mum-of-one Kirsty Senior, 43, of Mirfield, spun three times and crashed into a field when her Honda Civic aquaplaned on a bend.
Kirsty suffered back and neck injuries but counted herself lucky she didn’t hit another car.
Now Kirsty’s partner Jamie Ferguson has taken pictures to highlight the state of the road at the time.
Some of the pictures show the road, gutter and pavement caked in mud.
Kirklees Council has put up ‘slippery’ road warning signs and installed temporary traffic lights last weekend amid fears over bad weather.