URGENT CALL FOR DRIVERS TO TAKE CARE AFTER EIGHT CRASHES IN JUST 3 HOURS TODAY

PUBLISHED: 10:30 11 February 2009 | UPDATED: 08:53 02 June 2010

COUNTY Fire and Rescue chiefs are calling for drivers to be extra vigilant on the roads today after they were called to eight separate road traffic collisions in a three hour period this morning. The collisions occurred between the hours of 6am and 9am th

COUNTY Fire and Rescue chiefs are calling for drivers to be extra vigilant on the roads today after they were called to eight separate road traffic collisions in a three hour period this morning.

The collisions occurred between the hours of 6am and 9am this morning in the Peterborough, Little Thetford, Warboys, Haslingfield and Great Gransden areas, as many drivers were travelling to work.

After two of the collisions, crews were required to cut casualties from their vehicles using specialist cutting equipment, and in one, they were required to provide emergency first aid and oxygen at the scene.

Chris Strickland, Deputy Chief Fire Officer for Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service said: "The best advice is to only travel on essential journeys and to be extra vigilant while driving.

"If you do need to go on the roads, drive slowly, allowing extra room to slow down and stop. It can take ten times longer to stop in icy conditions than on a dry road.

"Use the highest gear possible, manoeuvre gently, avoiding harsh breaking and acceleration and if you start to skid, ease off the accelerator, but do not brake suddenly.

"Remember, the most important thing is that you arrive at your destination, with your car and yourself in one piece."

For further advice, log onto our seasonal safety page on www.cambsfire.gov.uk

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At 6am two crews and a rescue vehicle were called to a road traffic collision on the Fletton Parkway eastbound in Peterborough.

They released one casualty from their vehicle using specialist cutting equipment and returned to base by 6.15am.

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At 6.27am, two crews from Ramsey, one crew from Chatteris and a rescue vehicle from Huntingdon were called to a road traffic collision on the A141 at Warboys Heath.

This was a single vehicle collision in which the car had left the road and overturned. Electricity cables had fallen and blocked the road.

Crews gave the driver emergency first aid and oxygen at the scene. The driver was then taken to hospital by ambulance.

Crews returned to base by 8.24am.

It is believed that the road is still closed.

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At 7.46am this morning, one crew from Cambridge, one crew from Sawston and a rescue vehicle from Cambridge were called to a road traffic collision on Harston Road in Haslingfield.

Firefighters arrived to find that this was a two vehicle collision.

One person was released by firefighters using specialist cutting equipment.


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