Mayhem on the A30

PUBLISHED: 07:39 03 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:41 15 June 2010

THE stupidity of motorists left emergency workers aghast yesterday (Tuesday) when morning commuters kept their feet on accelerator pedals as 999 crews battled to clear wreckage from the A30 following multiple pile-ups between Honiton and Daisymount.

THE stupidity of motorists left emergency workers aghast yesterday (Tuesday) when morning commuters kept their feet on accelerator pedals - as 999 crews battled to clear wreckage from the A30 following multiple pile-ups between Honiton and Daisymount.Your Herald witnessed drivers flagrantly flouting the speed limit on the busy dual carriageway - even though they were confronted with accident scenes at at least four locations.The temperature was just above freezing as rain fell on an icy road surface. The northbound carriageway was closed following a collision involving two vans.Almost opposite, on the south-bound carriageway, a sports car was severely damaged following another accident.Two accidents occurred on the south-bound section of Honiton by-pass, one vehicle coming to rest facing the wrong way near the junction with the A35. A lone police officer gestured drivers to slow down, knowing a further two accident scenes lay ahead - both between Iron Bridge and Daisymount. As soon as drivers passed the police officer, they accelerated off at speeds exceeding the legal limit for a dual carriageway (70mph).Icy road conditions were blamed for a catalogue of accidents across Devon yesterday.Police are urging motorists to exercise caution on cold mornings and to put off making journeys, if possible.Spokesman Alan Mobbs said: "Drivers must be aware that at this time of year it is likely that they will face ice at various locations across the counties. Anyone who has to use their car in the early morning should allow extra time for their journey and listen to road traffic reports before setting off."It would be better to delay their journey for a couple of hours rather than risk the ice."n For traffic reports and updates, visit the Herald's website.

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