Heavy snow and sleet have Halifax bus nearly crash into car after careening downhill

The bus began sliding down the hill before the driver lost control and the vehicle swerved into a nearby hedge and blocked the road. The driver regained control before the bus hit a parked car at the bottom of the hill. Members of the public who captured the moment can be heard swearing during the tense moment.

A member of the public in the video can be heard saying: “It probably seemed like a good idea coming down here. Not the best idea.

“I think if I had been in that I would have been reversing long before he started coming down.”

The Met Office had issued an amber snow warning for parts of Scotland and northern England overnight into Thursday, with up to 11cm falling in the Perth and Kinross area and 5cm in Cumbria by 9am, and large accumulations elsewhere.

A further yellow warning for snow and ice remains in place until 9pm on Thursday, stretching from the northern Highlands to South Yorkshire.

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The rest of England is likely to see heavy rain, particularly in London and the South East, while Wales and Northern Ireland are predicted to stay mostly dry.

The temperature fell as low as minus 5.5C (21F) in North Yorkshire on Thursday morning, and minus 6.4C (20F) in Dalwhinnie in the Highlands.

Nicky Maxey, a Met Office spokeswoman, said on Thursday that unsettled conditions are set to last into next week, and she urged people to be alert for new warnings from the forecaster.

She said: “We’ve seen snow leave the M62 Yorkshire area and journeying now into the Vales or Yorkshire.

“If it freezes overnight there’s a chance of frost and ice tomorrow morning.”

Police Scotland’s road policing unit warned against travelling in the wintry weather.

Chief Superintendent Louise Blakelock said: “Government restrictions on travelling remain in place across Scotland because of the ongoing pandemic.

“People should not leave their homes unless for essential purposes and work from home where possible. The best way to stay safe is to stay at home.

“In the current wintry weather please consider if your journey is exempt under the regulations and also if it really is essential and whether you can delay it until the weather improves.”

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