Witnesses have revealed how the A64 turned into an ‘instant ice rink’ during a sudden storm, leading to a series of car crashes.
Last night (Monday), the police put out a warning, saying: “Following localised poor weather, we are attending a number of collisions on the A64 around Malton.
“If you can, please avoid the area and seek alternative routes for your journey.”
People who were driving along that stretch of the road revealed how scary the situation became when a storm broke with “thunder, lightning, hailstones, snow”.
“It was like Mario Karts, cars pinging all over. One had spun in the wrong direction on the opposite side on the carriageway. It was scary,” said Hayley Shutt on the police Facebook page.
“York to Narnia in seconds.”
Paula Bean replied: “We were on the same stretch of road… like bumper cars, all over the place, both sides of A64.”
“It was terrifying, came down so fast and so suddenly, there was no time to prepare and it was like an ice rink instantly,” said Emma Smith.
“Most of us were driving 30mph or less for those saying people weren’t adhering to road conditions!”
Rachael Taylor added: “This is what we reported, sudden snow storm and cars had spun off the road. Hope the people in the yellow car and white car are OK, there just wasn’t anywhere safe to stop to help.”
Roo Bumby works for the ambulance service and “stopped as I was on my way back from York Hospital, it was absolute carnage.
“The road was a death trap. As far as I am aware everyone was OK, just shaken up understandably.”
The hazards came at the tail end of Storm Isha. Today there is another yellow weather warning for wind and a number of flood warnings as Storm Jocelyn blows in.