Fire engine and ambulance in pile-up after skidding on ice

A Devon & Somerset fire engine skidded on black ice and came off the road with an ambulance also involved in the crash. The incident happened near Langport, Somerset and fire services were on the way to a similar incident involving a separate private vehicle. The fire engine became stuck by the side of the road, followed by the ambulance.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Services tweeted about the incident this evening, and has said that no one was harmed. Members of the team said that this highlights the “dangers” of black ice, even with their “well trained and experienced” drivers behind the wheel. The tweet urges motorists to “take extra care on the roads” as temperatures drop.

It says: “One of our fire engines skidded on ice and left the road this morning while on its way to help other motorists. “No one was harmed but this highlights the dangers of black ice, even for well trained and experienced drivers. If you have to travel, take extra care on the roads.”

This comes after the Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for ice and snow. The warning which means ‘be aware’ is in place until midnight tonight and covers Devon and Cornwall. Icy stretches are likely to form which could lead to some disruption to travel with snow falling for some places.

A spokesman for the Met Office said: “Patchy rain, sleet and snow is expected to fall onto frozen surfaces leading to icy stretches forming. “In addition, a more persistent spell of rain and hill snow is likely to move south across northern England and north Wales during Friday morning. “This then gradually moving into parts of central and southwest England and southeast Wales on Friday.

“Whilst ice is expected to be the most widespread hazard, snow is likely in places too. Sign up to our FREE newsletters for the latest news – enter your email at the box at the top of this article. “Snow is most likely to fall over the Pennines, North York Moors, the high ground of Wales and perhaps southwest England, with 2-5 cm possible here.

“Elsewhere, whilst some snowfall is possible, accumulations are likely to be slight and temporary.

“Freezing fog patches may prove an additional hazard with areas of visibility less than 100 m at times.”

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