UPDATE: Black ice blamed for four-car crash

Dorset Echo: Black ice blamed for four-car crash Black ice blamed for four-car crash

A DRIVER was cut from a car after an accident thought to be caused by ice this morning.

Firefighters from Maiden Newton and Dorchester were called to the four car collision on the A37 Wardon Hill just before 7.30am.

A spokesperson for Dorset Fire and Rescue Service said: "One person was medically trapped and firefighters used cutting equipment to release the casualty into the care of paramedics.

"The collision was believed to have been caused by black ice on the road surface."

The injuries are not believed to be serious but the person has been taken to hospital as a precautionary measure.

A Dorset Police spokesperson said: "Four vehicles have been recovered and the road was closed while emergency services were on scene.

"It was re-opened at 9.43am."

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10:45am Sun 12 Jan 14

-eieio- says...

No doubt the drivers will be charged with careless driving, yet once again it is one more Dorset road where the road standard is not fit for purpose! Anyone with the slightest bit of sense knows that the camber on the downhill lane is negative whch just pushes cars off to the left.you end up Add ice to that equation and you end up with a line of cars following each other into a pile! Wake up Dorset planners, your roads are stuck in the dark ages which is why I left Dorset to live in South Wales 6 years ago.
No doubt the drivers will be charged with careless driving, yet once again it is one more Dorset road where the road standard is not fit for purpose! Anyone with the slightest bit of sense knows that the camber on the downhill lane is negative whch just pushes cars off to the left.you end up Add ice to that equation and you end up with a line of cars following each other into a pile! Wake up Dorset planners, your roads are stuck in the dark ages which is why I left Dorset to live in South Wales 6 years ago. -eieio-
  • Score: -35

11:15am Sun 12 Jan 14

whingebuster says...

Sorry to hear of the injuries. Here we go again. Another ignorant Echo reader leaving a comment that is more than likely so wide of the mark it should be treated with contempt.
eieio blames the road and has a pop at DCC. How about the drivers not paying sufficient attention to the prevailing weather conditions i.e. it's cold enough to form a frost meaning the road is likely to be icy.
This means slow down and increase the distance between the vehicles.
Sorry to hear of the injuries. Here we go again. Another ignorant Echo reader leaving a comment that is more than likely so wide of the mark it should be treated with contempt. eieio blames the road and has a pop at DCC. How about the drivers not paying sufficient attention to the prevailing weather conditions i.e. it's cold enough to form a frost meaning the road is likely to be icy. This means slow down and increase the distance between the vehicles. whingebuster
  • Score: 35

11:26am Sun 12 Jan 14

Dorset_two says...

Sorry whingebuster, was supposed to +1 your comment!
Sorry whingebuster, was supposed to +1 your comment! Dorset_two
  • Score: 5

12:27pm Sun 12 Jan 14

annotater says...

It will never cease to amaze me. Winter is generally Cold. That means Water that can Freeze. The modern day driving of cars puts one in a cocoon of warm and comfortable surroundings. I still believe that if all car drivers rode a motorcycle compulsorily for a year before being allowed to take a car test , that would teach drivers what it is like on the roads, especially in these adverse conditions!
Road safety and awareness is what was missing this morning.
It will never cease to amaze me. Winter is generally Cold. That means Water that can Freeze. The modern day driving of cars puts one in a cocoon of warm and comfortable surroundings. I still believe that if all car drivers rode a motorcycle compulsorily for a year before being allowed to take a car test , that would teach drivers what it is like on the roads, especially in these adverse conditions! Road safety and awareness is what was missing this morning. annotater
  • Score: 14

12:58pm Sun 12 Jan 14

Zummerzet Lad says...

Ice, Fog, Floods: to many drivers driving faster than conditions allow.

Better to be late than not at all should be the watch words in such conditions.
Ice, Fog, Floods: to many drivers driving faster than conditions allow. Better to be late than not at all should be the watch words in such conditions. Zummerzet Lad
  • Score: 16

2:28pm Sun 12 Jan 14

Tinker2 says...

Is it me? .. but the time given of the accident was 7.30am today, that is early on a Sunday morning. 4 cars involved .. that's a lot of cars for this time of day surely? they must have been bunched right up, nose to tail?
Is it me? .. but the time given of the accident was 7.30am today, that is early on a Sunday morning. 4 cars involved .. that's a lot of cars for this time of day surely? they must have been bunched right up, nose to tail? Tinker2
  • Score: 0

2:52pm Sun 12 Jan 14

Top Gear says...

Headline should read: Bad driving blamed for four-car crash and not Black ice blamed for four-car crash. Its the same when fog is to blame....No, its poor driving and not being aware of the conditions that causes accidents.
Headline should read: Bad driving blamed for four-car crash and not Black ice blamed for four-car crash. Its the same when fog is to blame....No, its poor driving and not being aware of the conditions that causes accidents. Top Gear
  • Score: 15

5:10pm Sun 12 Jan 14

Mango man says...

-eieio- wrote:
No doubt the drivers will be charged with careless driving, yet once again it is one more Dorset road where the road standard is not fit for purpose! Anyone with the slightest bit of sense knows that the camber on the downhill lane is negative whch just pushes cars off to the left.you end up Add ice to that equation and you end up with a line of cars following each other into a pile! Wake up Dorset planners, your roads are stuck in the dark ages which is why I left Dorset to live in South Wales 6 years ago.
You left Dorset because of roads? Most ridiculous and untrue statement of 2014 to date, brilliant!
[quote][p][bold]-eieio-[/bold] wrote: No doubt the drivers will be charged with careless driving, yet once again it is one more Dorset road where the road standard is not fit for purpose! Anyone with the slightest bit of sense knows that the camber on the downhill lane is negative whch just pushes cars off to the left.you end up Add ice to that equation and you end up with a line of cars following each other into a pile! Wake up Dorset planners, your roads are stuck in the dark ages which is why I left Dorset to live in South Wales 6 years ago.[/p][/quote]You left Dorset because of roads? Most ridiculous and untrue statement of 2014 to date, brilliant! Mango man
  • Score: 12

10:35pm Mon 13 Jan 14

tbhkj1 says...

You lot have NO Idea of what happened so I suggest you keep your comments to yourself!! IT WASNT a pile up it was the most frightening experience ever. People like you always judge a book by its cover and are bloody ignorant and dam selfish when things like this happen!! Think first before opening your mouths. Someone could have been killed and all you are worried about is saying right from wrong, like we "don't know!!" I hope nothing happens to you on ICY roads and people comment like this about it, cos then, you will know how we feel!!!!
You lot have NO Idea of what happened so I suggest you keep your comments to yourself!! IT WASNT a pile up it was the most frightening experience ever. People like you always judge a book by its cover and are bloody ignorant and dam selfish when things like this happen!! Think first before opening your mouths. Someone could have been killed and all you are worried about is saying right from wrong, like we "don't know!!" I hope nothing happens to you on ICY roads and people comment like this about it, cos then, you will know how we feel!!!! tbhkj1
  • Score: 2

5:42pm Tue 14 Jan 14

mabt67 says...

I was one of the drivers involved in this accident and it was actually 3 separate incidents. I skidded on black ice doing 45 mph. It was a full 40 mins later when a 2nd car hit the ice and hit the front of my car and just a few minutes later a car and a van collided. I don't think any of the vehicles were speeding and the temperature was above freezing when I hit the ice at 6.30am. The accident could have been a lot worse, and unless people know what happened then they shouldn't criticize the driving of others. Finally I would like to thank Johnnie Macs flying taxi for coming to my rescue and driving me into Dorchester FOC! Is good to see that there are still some good Samaritans around
I was one of the drivers involved in this accident and it was actually 3 separate incidents. I skidded on black ice doing 45 mph. It was a full 40 mins later when a 2nd car hit the ice and hit the front of my car and just a few minutes later a car and a van collided. I don't think any of the vehicles were speeding and the temperature was above freezing when I hit the ice at 6.30am. The accident could have been a lot worse, and unless people know what happened then they shouldn't criticize the driving of others. Finally I would like to thank Johnnie Macs flying taxi for coming to my rescue and driving me into Dorchester FOC! Is good to see that there are still some good Samaritans around mabt67
  • Score: 1

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