SNOW led to the closure of many south Warwickshire schools today (Monday) and disrupted travel for thousands of workers.
But joyful pupils heading for the hills for a spot of sledging were warned to be careful after paramedics were called to deal with spate of injuries over the weekend.
One of them was on the Burton Dassett Hills on Sunday when a nine-year-old boy injured his leg after coming off his sledge and paramedics suspected a fractured femur.
The Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance was called but, because of the bad weather conditions, it was unable to fly. Instead, the crew used their rapid response vehicle to attend the incident in case a doctor was necessary given the nature of the injury.
The boy was taken to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire by a West Midlands Ambulance Service land ambulance
Over the weekend, West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) experienced a 14 per cent rise in 999 calls in Coventry and Warwickshire.
In Henley-in-Arden on Friday night, it took two hours to dig out an ambulance on its way to a man who had shut his leg in a car door while his pregnant wife was in the passenger's seat.
Sue Osborne, a community first responder in Henley, helped extricate the ambulance from deep snow in a lane off the Stratford Road.
“Luckily it wasn’t a serious incident and the patient walked to the ambulance,” she said. “Thank goodness there was nobody hurt.”
The town’s first responder’s vehicle also got stuck in the snow that night, prompting Sue to issue a plea for a four-wheel-drive car.
She said: “Incredibly, within two hours we received a a response from a gentleman who lives on the High Street and owns a Land Rover Discovery.”
Not only did Andrew Diamandis offer up his vehicle, he offered to drive it to emergencies as well.
Nigel Woodward-Sheath from Mayswood Garage in Wootton Wawen couldn't give a 4x4 but he did offer to put winter tyres on their existing ambulance car.
Firefighters have also been affected. Shortly after 9pm on Sunday, they were called to a chimney fire in the village of Whichford, near Shipston-on-Stour.
The fire was dealt with quickly but crews were hampered by hazardous road conditions and detained for longer than hoped.
And over the weekend paramedics were forced to attend a spate of sledging injuries.
In once case a man in his 20s suffered an ankle injury near Priors Hardwick and was taken to Warwick Hospital, and elsewhere paramedics climbed up steep slopes on their hands and knees to help injured sledgers.
An ambulance spokesperson said: “Every winter WMAS is called to people who have become injured whilst sledging. We would encourage people to just take a second to think about where they are sledging and to have fun safely.”
Congestion swept across Warwickshire on Friday with both the A46 and M40 affected by conditions that caused a number of incidents and forced motorists to drive slowly.
Gritters were out in force and most main roads were clear over the weekend although on Monday morning, a jackknifed lorry carrying frozen baguettes closed the M40 from the Longbridge Island (J15), to the M42 (J3a) after a fuel spillage.
The sports programme around the county was decimated by the weather, and with forecasters predicting continuing freezing conditions, this week’s fixtures are also in jeopardy.
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