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Police warn of ‘treacherous’ snow-hit A352 Old Sherborne Road

By Western Gazette - Sherborne  |  Posted: January 24, 2013

Drivers should be careful across Dorset this week - particularly along the A352 Old Sherborne Road

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DORSET Police issued a warning to drivers travelling along the A352 Old Sherborne Road at Middlemarsh yesterday after snow hit the area for the second time in a week.

A spokesman described the road as “treacherous”.

No accidents were recorded in Sherborne by the time the Western Gazette went to press yesterday.

Some taxi firms ran a limited service while most schools in Sherborne and surrounding villages remained open.

Across south Somerset on Tuesday and yesterday, heavy snow fell. In Yeovil on Tuesday, a Vauxhall Astra, BMW 3 series and a Vauxhall Corsa collided on Lyde Road near the junction with Mudford Road at 4.26pm causing chaos.

Paramedics attended the scene but no one was seriously injured in the incident.

Police closed off the road and long queues built up down Mudford Road and Combe Street Lane as far as the Ilchester Road roundabout.

Waiting traffic extended across the roundabout along the whole of Thorne Lane and caused chaos for rush-hour commuters.

Many journeys which normally would take 10 minutes took more than an hour.

The snowfall brought rush hour gridlock around Somerset and Dorset.

On Tuesday night, cars became stranded in heavy snow on the A37 Dorchester Road to the south of Yeovil.

A van turned on its side in West Coker Road near Yeovil yesterday morning.

There was no transport available yesterday for Stanchester Academy pupils but the school remained open as did Buckler’s Mead Academy, Preston School, and Westfield Academy in Yeovil.

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