A wintry weekend in Rugby

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RUGBY woke up to a thick blanket of snow across the town on Sunday morning after the white stuff began to fall on Saturday afternoon.

The snow meant plenty of fun for families and children who all took the opportunity to go sledging and build snowmen, while there was misery on the roads with several problems and accidents reported.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was kept fully informed of the forecasts indicating severe wintery conditions and planned its services accordingly to ensure that patient safety was maintained across the region.

Ambulance crews were kept busy especially during the snowfall and icy conditions that took hold from midday Saturday until the weather improved later on Sunday afternoon.

Particularly notable was the number of road traffic collisions which spiked from midday on Saturday until 10pm. The ambulance service attended over 35 incidents across the region during this period. Thankfully, the overwhelming majority of the collisions turned out to be minor or non-injuries.

Three separate collisions took place on the M54 during Saturday afternoon creating road chaos between junctions 3 and 4. The ambulance service treated patients at the scene without the need for them to be conveyed to hospital.

Craig Cooke, WMAS Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer, said: “The reports we have suggest that, while demand overall did not increase significantly, the poor weather experienced in some areas of the region did making driving conditions extremely difficult.

“However, I am pleased to say that our crews were magnificent in coping with brief wintery spell and continued to get to patients quickly.

“I am also thankful to the public who adhered to the weather warnings and the advice to stay safe.”

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