ICY roads are thought to have caused a spate of crashes across Huddersfield early yesterday.
Several vehicles were written off – and people had lucky escapes from serious injuries.
And with more ice forecast for the coming days drivers have been urged to be ultra cautious.
The worst crashes happened on Halifax Old Road in Birchencliffe and Wakefield Road at Lascelles Hall.
Two drivers had a lucky escape after a head-on smash on icy Halifax Old Road at 8am yesterday.
A Vauxhall Vectra and a Renault were involved in the smash and the force of the impact caused the Vectra’s engine to be flung out. It was found some distance from where the car came to rest.
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The Renault spun across the road and ended up straddled on top of a stone wall.
The man in the Vectra and the woman in the Renault were believed to have suffered only slight injuries.
Both were taken to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary for precautionary checks.
Ambulance crews called firefighters to the scene but both drivers were able to escape their cars.
Watch commander Chris Bell, of Huddersfield Fire Station, said: “I am absolutely amazed that no-one was seriously hurt.
“The engine was out of the Vectra and was found further up the road.”
Mr Bell said there was a great deal of black ice on the road and added: “In this weather I would urge drivers to slow down and be aware of the possibility of black ice.
“This is one of those roads off the main track.”
The road was closed for an hour and a half, causing local delays.
Police confirmed the two drivers received minor injuries.
And two men were treated for suspected spinal injuries after a crash at the junction of Wakefield Road and Lascelles Hall Road shortly after 9.30am.
All three emergency services were called yesterday after the crash between a Peugeot 207 and a Renault Clio Campus. It is not known if the weather played any part in this crash.
Fire crews removed the roof of both vehicles to help paramedics treat the casualties – a man in his 50s and a teenager – before they were released and taken to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.
Huddersfield Watch Commander Neil Pilling said: “We were called at 9.36am to a road traffic collision in Lascelles Hall Road at the junction of Wakefield Road.
“We used cutting tools to remove the roof from both vehicles and a man in his 50s and a teenager were taken to HRI.
“Crews did a good job getting them extracted quickly and safely.”
Traffic in the area was disrupted while the emergency services dealt with the incident.
Police were called to a second crash nearby an hour later at Chimney Lane, between a Ford and a Citroen.
Casualties were treated for unknown injuries.
And in Longwood several cars came to grief on black ice at the sharp bend on Thornhill Road below Nab End Tower.
Police slowed other drivers down and urged them to crawl round the corner.