Police issue wet weather warning to drivers after 11 accidents in just eight hours

This Ford Fiesta came off the road in East Cambridgeshire on Saturday September 10 - one of 11 accid

This Ford Fiesta came off the road in East Cambridgeshire on Saturday September 10 - one of 11 accidents in eight hours in the area. - Credit: Archant

Police have warned motorists in East Cambridgeshire to be aware of the conditions during wet weather after a spate of 11 crashes in just eight hours on Saturday.

Sergeant Phil Priestley of Ely police station has urged drivers to drive to the conditions after accidents on Prickwillow Road, Dulling Road in Wooditton, Hall Street in Soham and Ely Road in Queen Adelaide on September 10, including one that hospitalised a cyclist.

He said: “Many of the incidents were single vehicle only, with cars leaving the highway due to a combination of speed and conditions.

“In poor conditions even 30 miles per hour can be too much. We are appealing to drivers to drive to the conditions and not to treat speed limits as targets.

“A number of vehicles were written off yesterday, without particular reason to believe that any of the drivers were driving at excessive speeds.”

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A number of drivers suffered neck and back injuries, with police citing the use of seatbelts as the reason that none were serious or life-threatening.

“The wet rural roads can be completely unforgiving,” said Sgt Priestley.

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“We ask drivers to respect the conditions and be that little bit more careful than they otherwise might be - particularly when approaching bends and junctions.”

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