Winter motoring reminder after multiple vehicle collisions on Larne's A8

Motorists have been reminded to adjust their driving according to the weather conditions following two multiple vehicle collisions which closed Larne's A8 road yesterday evening.

Thursday, 22nd November 2018, 10:54 am
Updated Thursday, 22nd November 2018, 11:27 am
Police had to deal with multiple vehicle collisions on the A8.

Police blamed heavy rain followed by heavy hail and low temperatures for the “very poor” road conditions.

Initial reports said that 15 vehicles were involved in collisions on both sides of the dual carriageway.

PSNI officers were tasked to the scene from the Local Policing Team, Neighbourhood Policing Team, Roads Policing and Motorway crews from Larne, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Newtownabbey and Antrim.

A spokesperson for PSNi Larne said: “There were reports of multiple road traffic accidents in the area. The first report was 15 vehicle damage only, just as crews were arriving to this there was reports of 11 vehicles involved in an injury collision.

“Thankfully, the numbers involved were not quite that high and there are no serious injuries, but there was still a lot of vehicles involved and a big police response to deal with it. On top of this we had a couple of other accidents on a smaller scale.

“It was a massive effort by all to get the roads open and traffic moving again. While all this was going on we were also trying to keep going with our normal calls for service which included two ongoing domestic incidents and a missing person.

“Please take the opportunity to check your cars are winter ready. Check your tyres, lights, wipers and screen wash. Also keep in mind that days are shorter and the temperature are dropping so adjust your driving conditions accordingly.”