A road where at least six cars slid into fields was not cleared on the day of the accident, the council has admitted.
Brighton and Hove City Council said its gritting vehicles “did not reach Saddlescombe Road” ahead of Sunday’s accident, which seriously injured a woman.
The council said it gritted the road near Devil’s Dyke almost a week before the accident and it was “unlikely” that black ice had formed.
But an Argus reader, who said they had driven down the road just before the accident, said: “The road was dangerous as it had not been grit despite snow being forecast.
“I was driving on this road ten minutes earlier and there was little a driver could do to control the skid. It was like an ice rink.”
Another person who saw the aftermath of the accident said: “It was easy to understand why the vehicles ended up where they were.
“The road was covered in ice, making it slippery and difficult to walk on. Members of the emergency services at the scene were also seen sliding and slipping.”
Between six and eight vehicles were involved in the crash, which happened just after 3pm on Sunday and left one person trapped in the rubble
A Sussex Police spokesman said both Saddlescombe Road and Devil’s Dyke Road would be closed “for some time” while vehicles were recovered.
When asked if the road had been gritted, a spokeswoman for Brighton and Hove City Council said: “In response to the severe weather forecasts we have gritted Saddlescombe Road every day since December 6th.
“According to the weather forecast, the spreaders left the depot on Sunday at 3 p.m. Since the accident happened shortly thereafter, the spreaders would not have reached the area the day before the incident.
“However, due to the amount of salt already present on the road, it is unlikely that black ice would have formed.
“We urge residents to avoid car journeys unless absolutely necessary in the event of snow. ”
Roads across Sussex have become impassable in places due to snow and ice conditions.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/23186068.brighton-council-not-grit-saddlescombe-road-day-snow-crash/?ref=rss Brighton City Council failed to gritty Saddlescombe Road on the day of the snow crash