Icy conditions creating danger on Angus roads

Black ice was causing problems in the area today and this car ended up in a field on the Muirdrum to Forfar road just past the junction to Crombie Park.
Black ice was causing problems in the area today and this car ended up in a field on the Muirdrum to Forfar road just past the junction to Crombie Park.

ANGUS Drivers are being urged to take care on the roads following a spate of accidents in icy conditions today (Thursday).

The Scottish Ambulance Service were able to confirm attending two main calls on the B9128 this morning.

Black ice was causing problems in the area today and this car ended up in a field on the Muirdrum to Forfar road just 300 yards past the junction to Graystone

Black ice was causing problems in the area today and this car ended up in a field on the Muirdrum to Forfar road just 300 yards past the junction to Graystone

The first call out was requested by Tayside Police at 8.06 a.m., who reported several cars off the road due to icy conditions.

An ambulance arrived at the scene near Hayhillock at 8.29 a.m., one patient initially complained of neck pains but no further treatment was considered necessary.

At 8.49 a.m. Tayside Police again requested paramedics attend an incident at which a car had overturned.

When the ambulance arrived at 8.57 a.m. the single female passenger had exited the car and did not require treatment.

Black ice was causing problems in the area today and this car ended up in a field on the Muirdrum to Forfar road just 300 yards past the junction to Graystone.

Black ice was causing problems in the area today and this car ended up in a field on the Muirdrum to Forfar road just 300 yards past the junction to Graystone.

Tayside Police were also able to confirm attendance at two incidents earlier this morning on or near the B9128 Carnoustie to Forfar route.

Officers were called to the site of a grey Vauxhall Corsa which had overturned near the Redford crossing.

In another accident officers attended a Peugeot which had also left the road due to icy conditions.

A spokesperson for Tayside Police gave the following advice: “Tayside Police are reminding motorists to take extra care when driving in icy conditions.

“Please reduce your speed and drive to the conditions, not necessarily the speed limit.

“They should have the following information and advice in mind: Increase the gap between your vehicle and the one in front; on slippery roads it can take up to 10 times longer to stop; reduce your speed and allow more time to slow down. Stop by decelerating earlier, rather than rely on braking alone; drive with care even if you think the roads have been treated; use dipped headlights so you can see and be seen. If visibility is extremely poor (less than 100 metres visibility) then use fog lights, but switch them off whenever conditions improve or they will cause undue dazzle, which is an offence.”

A spokesperson for Angus Council said: “Information on road surface temperatures received yesterday and updated at 8pm indicated there was no requirement to salt roads, apart from in the Glens area, which was scheduled and received treatment.

“An updated forecast was received in the early hours of this morning suggesting that temperatures may drop below freezing.

“Checks were carried out at times throughout the early hours of the morning, and in the light of actual information available, a decision was taken not to undertake additional preventative salting. Around dawn, we received reports of slippery roads so immediately sent out gritters to the main routes, which had all been treated by around 9am.

“We will be doing our winter treatment planning today when we receive weather and temperature reports.

“Generally our aim is to decide on the side of caution regarding road treatments, but unfortunately on this occasion some local areas appear to have developed icy patches around dawn.”