Driver dies amid wintry weather
A lorry driver died today after his vehicle left a trunk road in severe wintry conditions.
The incident on the A160 in north Lincolnshire happened as police across the north of England and Scotland warned motorists to take extra care due to sleet andsnow.
Humberside Police said the white Scania lorry, which was fully loaded with meat, left the westbound carriageway of the road in South Killingholme at about 4.14am.
A spokeswoman said road conditions in the area were quite poor at the time due to cold weather and hailstones.
The driver has not been named but is believed to be from the north west of England. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings for most of Scotland as well as Northern Ireland and parts of northern England.
They warn of sleet and snow showers and ice on untreated surfaces.
Transport Scotland yesterday activated a full Multi-Agency Response Team (MART) involving all of its transport partners including rail, road and Strathclyde Police.
Scotland's Transport Minister Keith Brown was in the control centre last night and will be there today to view operations.
Yesterday Tayside Police dealt with several accidents in the Perth and Kinross area where cars left the road due to icy conditions, while a number of routes in northern Scotland were affected by snow and ice.
Northern Constabulary reported a loss of 999 call service in the Rosehall area of Lairg in Sutherland, affecting 176 telephone lines.
It was thought to be due to the weather conditions.
Police advised drivers to listen to their local weather forecast before setting out on their journey.
Assistant Chief Constable Allan Moffat, of Central Scotland Police and the Association of Chief Police Officers (Scotland), said: "I would ask people to remember that both damp and snow-affected roads can hide the hidden danger of black ice, particularly in shaded areas.
"Our message is very much aimed at asking motorists to be aware of the dangers and travel with extra caution."
Forecasters said that Scotland is likely to bear the brunt of the bad weather today.
Andy Ratcliffe, a forecaster with MeteoGroup, the weather forecasting arm of the Press Association, said: "We will see more wintry showers with more snow over high ground in western areas.
"Northern England will see wintry showers but it will not be as badly affected as Scotland."
- 1 Woman falls to her death as she celebrates marriage proposal at the edge of Ibiza cliff
- 2 Venezuela Expo Tattoo 2015: Extreme body art from 'Vampire Woman' to 109mm earlobes
- 4 Dad attempts revenge on teenage daughter, plan backfires spectacularly
- 5 Ball pool for adults opens in London
Isis 'throw man off a building for homosexual affair' and beat him to death when he survives
Woman falls to her death as she celebrates marriage proposal at the edge of Ibiza cliff
Boris Johnson claims porn-obsessed Islamic jihadists are 'literally w*****s'
Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
Ball pool for adults opens in London
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures
King Abdullah dead: We can't afford not to hold Saudi Arabia's royals to account
Negotiable: Tradewind Recruitment: My client is an excellent, large partially ...
£90 - £140 per day: Tradewind Recruitment: I am currently working in partnersh...
£100 - £150 per day: Tradewind Recruitment: Year 3 Teacher Birmingham Jan 2015...
£45000 - £50000 per annum + Excellent benefits: Ashdown Group: Lead Web Develo...