Black ice leads to a spate of accidents on Offaly roads

BLACK ice has led to eleven accidents in just two weeks at the same spot in Ballinagar. The latest accident which occurred on Monday saw two people taken to hospital as a result.

BLACK ice has led to eleven accidents in just two weeks at the same spot in Ballinagar. The latest accident which occurred on Monday saw two people taken to hospital as a result.

Elsewhere on Monday a coach travelling from Mountmellick to Tullamore hit a patch of black ice at Killeigh at around 9am and went into a ditch. None of the passengers on board were injured.

The bus had to be towed out, which proved difficult due to the icy conditions. Gardai put diversions in place until 2pm.

Gardai reported a spate of accidents in the Edenderry, Ballinagar, Geashill, Killeigh and Daingean areas with eight accidents in just three days around the same area.

No serious injuries as a result of the crashes. Gardai said the crashes were mainly one car accidents with people skidding on black ice.

Tullamore Sgt Ollie Baker said the spate of accidents in such a short space of time was unprecendented. However, he said accidents since the cold snap started in December are not up, a fact which can be attributed to careful driving.

"People have been brilliant since the cold weather started at the beginning of December.

"The figures are similar to normal weather. Thankfully people are driving with caution which lessens the risk of serious injury," he commented.