Rain creates crash chaos

By Peter Foley

RAIN was a welcome visitor to Ipswich yesterday - unless you were involved in one of four crashes as rain began to fall.

The crashes reported to police were:

10.52am: Two cars collided at the intersection of Briggs and Cemetery roads at Eastern Heights.

Both vehicles were badly damaged and one person was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

11.10am: Milford Street, Ipswich.

Minor crash, no injuries.

11.14am: Warrego Highway, Blacksoil.

Car and semi-trailer collided.

Person initially trapped in their car but able to get out.

Witness reported the person was holding their back when they got out.

11.40am: Warrego Highway, Blacksoil.

White Toyota van overturned.

One person injured.

WHILE none of yesterday's rain-induced crashes was serious, emergency services personnel said they highlighted the need for all of us to take extra care in difficult driving conditions.

"Police are asking people to take care and drive to the conditions especially when it first starts raining," Ipswich Sergeant Darryl Enever said.

"The roads are at their worst when it first starts raining because the film of oil and dirt on the roads becomes very slippery before the rain has a chance to wash it away.

"Driving to the conditions in that case may mean driving a little bit slower and leaving a bigger gap between your vehicle and the one in front of you."



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