Icy conditions cause traffic problems

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Temperatures below freezing created icy conditions this morning (Friday 23 January 23), resulting in several road traffic collisions in East Sussex.

At 6.30am a Vauxhall Astra car hit a patch of ice near the Yew Tree Inn, Arlington, and overturned. The driver was unhurt.

At around the same time three vehicles collided in North Street, Alfriston, at its junction with Litlington Road, just south of the A27 Drusillas Roundabout.

One of the motorists involved, a woman from Seaford, suffered whiplash injuries, and was treated by paramedics at the scene.

The road was blocked and following a second incident 100 metres away from the first, which involved a car overturning, the road was closed in both directions.

Also closed following a series of collisions due to ice was the road between Ditchling and Brighton,, over Ditchling Beacon.

Sheet ice was reported on the A26 between Newhaven and Beddingham, and two vehicles left the road in separate incidents just south of the Beddingham roundabout. No injuries were reported.

On the A22 at Uckfield, near the Blackdown roundabout, a car was reported to have left the road southbound. No one was hurt.

Police have repeated advice to drivers to beware of slippery conditions, especially on untreated roads, and have urged them to slow down, avoid heavy braking and sudden steering movements and ensure that screens and windows are clear of frost.