Ice leads to rise in Lancashire hospital visits

Icy conditions in Lancashire have led to a large increase in the number of people needing hospital treatment.

Blackpool Victoria Hospital saw four times more A&E patients than usual on Thursday. North West Ambulance Service has received more than 1,500 calls in the last 24 hours.

Derek Cartwright, director of emergency services said he expected "more people to be affected" by the cold weather.

The icy conditions are forecast to continue overnight with sleet and snow.

'Worse nightmare'

Lancashire Police was called to 10 separate accidents on the M6 during the morning rush hour.

A force spokesman said motorists had been driving too fast for the conditions.

Dominic Harrison, director of public health at Blackburn with Darwen Care Trust Plus, said: "The current weather conditions are ideal for creating every motorist's worse nightmare - black ice.

"Wet roads and sub-zero temperatures area a lethal combination to both motorists and pedestrians and I urge everyone to consider whether or not they really need to venture out today."

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