Northern Ireland

Gritter truck crashed into field while salting roads

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Media captionBlack ice forced gritter off the road

A gritter truck overturned on the Church Road in Ballynure in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The vehicle was salting roads in County Antrim when it crashed into an adjacent field.

Image caption Church Road in Ballynure was closed for much of Saturday

The driver was uninjured and the road was closed for much of the day.

The police said that between 06:30 GMT and 08:30 GMT they received 16 reports of road traffic collisions in the Northern control area.

Image caption A gritter truck overturned on black ice in the early hours of Saturday morning

Country Antrim farmer, Ian Hill, told BBC News NI that Church Road is notorious for snow, frost and ice.

"We get frost here right up to May, and the road was like a bottle," he added.

"It is like Jack Frost arrived and there is black ice everywhere."

Image caption A recovery company managed to bring the truck back onto the road just after lunchtime on Saturday

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