Gritter OVERTURNS after losing control on ice

These dramatic pictures show the moment a gritter overturned in a small village near Lichfield and Tamworth. The Staffordshire County Council vehicle lost control in the snow and icy conditions in Elford early on Sunday morning. Landscaper Kieran Arnold, 32, was woken up by the driver knocking on his door for help in Tamworth Road. He said: “It happened about 7am, they were on the morning shift apparently and it had only just started! “They were both ok thankfully, no injuries but an ambulance came to check them over just to make sure. Police at the scene after the gritter overturned “From what they said they were coming down the road to head to Tamworth but it's a pretty steady hill and they just lost control. “Because the gritter was full, all the weight shifted which is why they flipped and it ended up right across our driveway. “My brother was the one who first heard it. One of the men came to the door for help so that got us up. I didn't see it but there was apparently another little crash after. “Some car crashed into the chevron sign just up the road, not badly though.” Emergency services rushed to the scene. Remarkably neither of the two people in the vehicle were hurt. A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: “On Sunday (December 10) at around 8.20am officers attended an incident on Tamworth Road, Elford where a gritter truck had slid off the road, and was overturned on its roof. The vehicle was upside down “We assisted with the road closure whilst recovery of the vehicle took place. No injuries were recorded.” Staffordshire County Council has more than 40 gritter vehicles in its fleet and no routes were affected by the incident. Helen Fisher, cabinet support member for Highways and Transport, said: “It was an unfortunate incident, but demonstrates the difficulties the gritting crews regularly face in very difficult conditions. “Thankfully the two-man crew was unhurt and I know they were grateful that some residents came to help them. “We have a fleet of more than 40 gritters along with several spare vehicles to cover breakdowns and another gritter was despatched to finish the route. “The gritting crews have been working day and night now since Thursday and are doing an excellent job to ensure the network is safe for road users and we will continue until the weather improves. Read More Snow batters West Midlands Live: School closures, buses, trains... These National Express West Midlands... Tuesday school closures - what we kn... Mass school closures for Birmingham ... THIS is the law on driving with snow... This is the last time it snowed prop... The 14 things you must have in your ... Best places to go sledging near Birm... “We would remind drivers and road users to take extra care during these difficult conditions and to allow plenty of time for their journeys.”

These dramatic pictures show the moment a gritter overturned in a small village near Lichfield and Tamworth.

The Staffordshire County Council vehicle lost control in the snow and icy conditions in Elford early on Sunday morning.

Landscaper Kieran Arnold, 32, was woken up by the driver knocking on his door for help in Tamworth Road.

He said: “It happened about 7am, they were on the morning shift apparently and it had only just started!

“They were both ok thankfully, no injuries but an ambulance came to check them over just to make sure.

Police at the scene after the gritter overturned

“From what they said they were coming down the road to head to Tamworth but it's a pretty steady hill and they just lost control.

“Because the gritter was full, all the weight shifted which is why they flipped and it ended up right across our driveway.

“My brother was the one who first heard it. One of the men came to the door for help so that got us up. I didn't see it but there was apparently another little crash after.

“Some car crashed into the chevron sign just up the road, not badly though.”

Emergency services rushed to the scene. Remarkably neither of the two people in the vehicle were hurt.

A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: “On Sunday (December 10) at around 8.20am officers attended an incident on Tamworth Road, Elford where a gritter truck had slid off the road, and was overturned on its roof.

The vehicle was upside down

“We assisted with the road closure whilst recovery of the vehicle took place. No injuries were recorded.”

Staffordshire County Council has more than 40 gritter vehicles in its fleet and no routes were affected by the incident.

Helen Fisher, cabinet support member for Highways and Transport, said: “It was an unfortunate incident, but demonstrates the difficulties the gritting crews regularly face in very difficult conditions.

“Thankfully the two-man crew was unhurt and I know they were grateful that some residents came to help them.

“We have a fleet of more than 40 gritters along with several spare vehicles to cover breakdowns and another gritter was despatched to finish the route.

“The gritting crews have been working day and night now since Thursday and are doing an excellent job to ensure the network is safe for road users and we will continue until the weather improves.

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“We would remind drivers and road users to take extra care during these difficult conditions and to allow plenty of time for their journeys.”

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