COUNTY NEWS: Police release shocking CCTV video to warn of danger on icy Sussex roads

Motorists are being advised to take care in icy conditions after a car flipped onto its roof in Sussex.

Road and traffic news.
Road and traffic news.

CCTV footage at the scene captured the moment a silver Citroen Saxo lost control and rolled onto its roof on the side of the road at 8.06am on Thursday (February 11) in Alfriston, near Eastbourne.

Moments earlier, a green Vauxhall Corsa also left the road following a similar incident at the same spot.

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The two individuals escaped with minor injuries after the vehicles they were driving skidded on ice and left the road at almost exactly the same spot in Alfriston Road.

Police have since released this CCTV of the second collision to highlight the dangers of microclimates.

Sergeant Dan Pitcher said, “We would urge all motorists to take care on the roads around Sussex, particularly in the icy conditions when some areas can be unpredictable. Listen out for road noise – if this disappears at any stage, it may mean you are driving on ice.

“Also, remember to be aware of microclimates – this is where the road surface may be cooler in certain places, for example on a bridge or in an area which is obviously higher up or more exposed to the elements. With the ground being cooler, this could potentially lead to ice on the road.

“Thankfully the driver of the car captured in this footage – a local woman in her 20s – sustained only minor injuries. It could have been far worse.

“It is advisable that if you are involved in a collision, if you are able to, stand well away from the vehicle and in a position that you are not going to be compromised by vehicles losing control at the same location.”

The Met Office has forecast temperatures as cold as -2 degrees Celsius across parts of Sussex during the morning rush hour on Tuesday (February 16).

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