Gritter overturns and crashed into pub car park wall in icy conditions

The overturned gritter. Picture by reader Marc Helliwell

The damage to the Guide Inn car park wall

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , T&A Reporter

A gritter crashed and overturned in icy conditions, demolishing part of a pub car park’s wall.

The incident happened at The Guide Inn, Hainworth, between Cullingworth and Keighley, at about 5.50am yesterday.

Rush hour traffic using the route was delayed as the road was partially closed for several hours as efforts to recover the stricken gritting wagon continued.

Landlady Lisa Little, who lives at the pub, said the first she knew was when police woke her around 25 minutes later.

“The gritter was half in my car park and half in the road,” she said.

“It seems to have come off the road at the corner and it’s taken out my wall, my pub sign and a road sign.

“I didn’t hear a thing and I don’t know what happened to the driver.”

She added: “Accidents have happened here before – we had one a couple of weeks ago where two cars hit each other. I ended up directing traffic for about three hours then.”

She said she would be contacting her insurers to assess the cost of yesterday’s damage.

“It’s just another problem, isn’t it?” she added. “It’s just something else to deal with.”

The driver of the gritter was uninjured.

The incident is the second time in less than a week that the wintry weather has caused problems on roads around Keighley.

Last Friday, part of the B6265 Skipton Road – between Keighley and Steeton – was closed from about 8am to 10am due to ice.

An accident had occurred on the road, at Hawkcliffe Corner, at about 7.20am.

A woman was trapped in her car after it skidded and crashed into a stone sign and lamppost.

Firefighters were called and freed the woman, who was taken to Airedale Hospital. The extent of her injuries was unknown.

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