Thursday 22 March 2018

Driver killed as snow hits Britain

Dave Higgens and Lucinda Cameron

A LORRY driver died today after his vehicle left a trunk road in severe wintry conditions.

The incident in north Lincolnshire happened as police across the north of England and Scotland warned motorists to take extra care due to sleet and snow.

Humberside Police said the white Scania lorry, which was fully loaded with meat, left the westbound carriageway of the road 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.

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."

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