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Busy city road partially closed after two crashes

By SWEPPaulL  |  Posted: December 05, 2012

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POLICE have taken the step of imposing a partial closure on a main Swansea route following two smashes in the icy conditions.

Emergency crews were called out to Pontarddulais Road in Fforestfach at 8.38am and one person had to be taken to the city's Morriston Hospital following one of the incidents.

The situation sparked traffic chaos for motorists trying to get into Swansea along the road.

An ambulance spokeswoman said the service had been called out to a series of accidents throughout the morning.

She said: "We have had a significant amount of road traffic accidents in the Swansea area this morning.

"The incidents happened at the traffic lights near Tesco on Pontarddulais Road.

"We attended with an emergency ambulance.

"They did assess two separate incidents at the same location but we only conveyed one person to hospital.

"We received a call at 8.38am and we were on the scene at 8.43am.

"There was an accident on each side of the carriageway."

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  • BADBOI  |  December 06 2012, 7:59PM

    Swansea council did not grit any roads on Tuesday night as they stated that the temp only dropped at 5am. well im sure they have told us before that the drivers who drive the gritting vehicles are on call 24/7 in the winter months for reasons like this. i would like to know why they did not sent the gritters out at 5am, this could of well stopped the numerous crashes which happend during rush hour. so the roads were like ice rinks as they had not been gritted, Shocking!!!

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  • Philosoraptor  |  December 06 2012, 1:37PM

    wyeiphoneman A few facts about rock salt that we use here in the UK. 1 - It is very easily washed away and if it rains, it will not be there anymore come the morning rush hour. 2 - It start to become ineffective when the surface temperature drops below -3C 3 - There is only a finite amount of vehicles working around the clock to replace what salt has already been washed away PS. The roads were recovered and the salt was overwhelmed by the freakishly cold and wet circumstances, it does happen now and then, you get rain but the road is below zero. It happens atleast one a year in Swansea so hopefully you now know a little bit physics and need never ask general knowledge questions again on this subject.

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  • Hadoken868686  |  December 06 2012, 12:25PM

    Why is the media like the evening post scared of opposing views when it comes to talking about muslims. Why do they delete accounts and ban comments which are perfectly legal. If what I was saying was illegal, then surely I would be arrested for it, so why is it that this website pretends to provide a public platform for local residents to air their views but picks and chooses what it would like to contain. I am afraid this will not do and I will be spamming this message as a protest.

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  • swanseajock  |  December 05 2012, 6:24PM

    The roads looked gritted to me. Accidents still happen

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  • Gwyddno  |  December 05 2012, 6:14PM

    wyeiphoneman I think that Macsen is writing about the fact that those who collect the rubbish are now on the same T&Cs as dinner ladies. Gritter lorries are usually driven my those who drive the refuse lorries.

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  • wyeiphoneman  |  December 05 2012, 6:00PM

    Not 100% sure what Kaiser and Hacker Jack are talking about, the Council has access to the weather reports just like the rest of us, which state there will be freezing conditions. And considering it rained yesterday, there was clearly going to be ice on the roads, which by the way hacker jack, there was plenty of it, hence the report you have commented on which says 'accidents due to icy conditions' Should have gone to specsavers.

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  • hacker_jack  |  December 05 2012, 4:02PM

    "Any reason why there was no grit on the roads whatsoever? Swansea Council?" ---------------- Was it frozen then? Because it was reasonably mild this morning with no ice by me.

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  • Kaiser_Macsen  |  December 05 2012, 3:50PM

    wyeiphoneman With the 'Single Status' terms & conditions, maybe the Council couldn't get schools kitchen staff to drive the gritter lorries throughout the night for overtime at 1 and a third times the normal daytime hourly rate.

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  • wyeiphoneman  |  December 05 2012, 12:20PM

    Any reason why there was no grit on the roads whatsoever? Swansea Council?

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