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Slick roads cause few accidents

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Motorists along National Avenue in Brazil used caution while driving on roadways Tuesday morning after a winter storm consisting of snow, sleet and freezing rain made for treacherous road conditions. Melinda Quasius Photo.
Snow, sleet and freezing rain made roadways treacherous Tuesday, but officials reported a low number of traffic accidents in Clay County.

"There have been some slide offs, but not that many," Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton said Tuesday afternoon. "I believe school being canceled today helped keep people home and off the roads."

At first Clay Community School Corporation officials announced a two-hour delay shortly after 6 a.m. Tuesday, but a short time later announced the closing due to dangerous driving conditions.

Around 7 a.m., according to Clay County Highway Department Supervisor Pete Foster, road crews started clearing the 700 miles of county roadways.

Although an afternoon snowfall covered roads the department had already treated or graded Tuesday, Foster feels the amount of salt on the roads will help keep them drivable throughout this morning.

With temperatures not expected to rise above freezing today, Foster said road crews would be ready for whatever weather conditions occurred overnight.

"We'll be back out there Wednesday morning," Foster told The Brazil Times Tuesday evening, adding that all county roads were currently open. "People were pretty cautious while driving out there this morning. We're not expecting any more bad weather overnight, but people will still need to use caution while driving during these types of weather conditions."

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