HC Deb 23 November 1962 vol 667 cc162-3W
Mr. Wyatt

asked the Minister of Transport whether he will give details of the accidents caused by high winds and turbulence on the M.1 motorway; and whether he will state the ratio of such accidents to accidents from other causes.

Mr. Marples

During the 12 months between November, 1961, and October, 1962, high winds were mentioned as a contributory factor in 21 of the accident reports submitted by the police to the Road Research Laboratory. This was 5 per cent. of all accidents reported in the same period.

Of these 21 accidents, 14 involved damage only; in the 7 personal injury accidents 3 people were seriously injured and 5 slightly injured.

The vehicles primarily affected by the wind, one in each accident, were 2 scooters, 1 motor cycle, 7 cars, 1 car towing a caravan, 2 light vans and 8 other goods vehicles.

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