NEWS End of Great Freeze Brings Black Ice and 500 Accidents

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Accident on the A58 near Breda. Photo: ANP/Hollandse Hoogte/EYE4images

More than 500 crashes were reported to the Infrastructure Ministry’s roads division on Sunday night as freezing rain and black ice spread across the country.

In many cases, vehicles skidded off the road after encountering a patch of ice, but some incidents involved multiple vehicles, the department said.

The KNMI weather bureau issued a code yellow weather warning and urged motorists to stay home due to the cold weather. Trucks laden with gravel were dispatched, spreading some 13 million kilograms of salt on 140,000 kilometers of road.

Temperatures rose overnight, fixing most of the problems, despite a warning to motorists in the north and northeast on Monday morning to be vigilant.

On a normal Sunday night, the Roads Department receives 10 to 15 reports of accidents.

Temperatures will rise to around eight degrees on Monday, KNMI said, and a few degrees higher as the week progresses.

Also at night, temperatures will remain above freezing. It will also be wet and cloudy leading up to and including the holiday weekend.

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