A large number of motorists experienced road congestion in Penarth, Cardiff and along the A48 this morning because of early morning ice on major routes and the knock-on effects of a series of accidents.
A cyclist was taken to hospital after skidding on the glassy surface of Windsor Road Cogan just after 07:00 am.
Two cars collided at the same spot just outside Cogan Leisure Centre. Later on Twitter the cyclist, Michael Notley, blamed the Vale of Glamorgan Council for not having gritted the roads of Penarth overnight.
A car crashed at the junction of Stanwell Road and Victoria Road (see photo above) at the zebra crossing this morning – and the road had to be partially closed and traffic diverted whilst a breakdown vehicle was called to the scene. It’s understood that neither the woman driver nor the two passengers were injured.
The breakdown truck called to attend to the car had already retrieved a motorcycle which had crashed at Redlands Road near the Merrie Harrier – another incident which had caused traffic hold-ups.
Long queues of traffic built up on Plassey St and Windsor Road, Cogan extending back into Penarth Town Centre and scores of drivers were late for work.
One motorist trying to get to Penarth this morning tweeted that – because of numerous diversions – he had ended up heading towards Bridgend .
Another driver reported that the A48 between Cowbridge and Cardiff was like a ‘skating rink’ – again causing tailbacks.
Inspector Gary Smart of Penarth Police station said: “Conditions on many of the roads in the Vale of Glamorgan were treacherous this morning.
“Black ice is very difficult to see until it is often too late and we encourage motorists to take extra care, slow down and allow extra time for their journeys.”
It’s now known that there were six crashes on the A48 alone this morning.