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First snow of year causes major traffic problems

Monday, December 1, 2008

By IVY JACKSON

Times Staff Reporter

Although traffic flowed pretty smoothly throughout Monday as the first snow fell, the onset of night changed everything.

Shortly after 7 p.m., 911 dispatchers at the Clay County Justice Center started receiving reports of numerous accidents involving property damage and personal injury reports.

Within 90 minutes the various accidents reported included:

* A three-vehicle accident in the westbound lane of Interstate-70, 19-mile marker,

* An inverted vehicle on County Road 300 East and United States 40,

* A single vehicle accident on State Road 59 north of the intersection of SR 42,

* Two people were fatally injured when a vehicle hit a tree in an area near CR 1200 N and Perth Road. Further details were unavailable as of press time because officials were still investigating the scene,

* A vehicle hit the guardrail at the Eel River bridge on SR 59,

* Two vehicles were involved in an accident on CR 300 W and US 40,

* Traffic was briefly shut down and re-routed through Brazil when a vehicle rolled over near the 34-mile marker of I-70,

* A pregnant woman had to be extricated from a vehicle that rolled over on its side on SR 340, a half-mile west of the US 40 and SR 340 split, while another vehicle slid into a ditch near Clark Lawn and Garden Sales and Service,

* A vehicle slid into a ditch along SR 59 near Ashboro, another slide off was reported on CR 1100 N near North Murphy Ave., and another near Yankee Rose Landscaping and Nurseries, and

* Several slide offs were reported on SR 46 near the bridge in Bowling Green.

Shortly after 8 p.m., Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton contacted The Brazil Times to urge motorists to stay home if possible.

"It's an extremely dangerous situation on the roads right now," Heaton said. "If motorists don't have a reason to travel, they should stay home."


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Is it worth the savings in salt and sand to have all of these accidents, including fatalities? Anyone driving on the roads yesterday had to be disturbed by the icy conditions. Newly licensed drivers are very vulnerable in good conditions, let's not read about another person dying due to slick roads.

-- Posted by ucantbserious on Tue, Dec 2, 2008, at 8:13 AM

We were working in Greencastle & let me tell you those roads turned to ice before any one could possibly react to the situation ~ we drove no more than 35mph all the way home to Brazil ~ we only saw one state truck out on US 40 ~ but, honestly, these conditions turned from slightly dangerous in the late afternoon to significantly dangerous in minutes ~ & now look at the roads today ~ who would know about that ice last night if they hadn't been here?

-- Posted by karebabe on Tue, Dec 2, 2008, at 8:57 AM

Funny (not really) the first bad weather day every winter there are loads of wrecks. Why can't people just slow down. It's obvious that if the wind is blowing and the temp has dropped below freezing that the roads will be extremely slick. SLOW DOWN. What gets me is people drive these 4x4's thinking I'm 4 wheel drive, um it doesn't matter, it's ice not snow!!! I had to go out to the school to pick up kids last night, and drove 25mph the whole way and had people flying by me like it was summer. People need to think and be aware of the dangers. Wow don't that teach this stuff in drivers education anymore?? Scares me too that so many kids drive to school. I just pray everyone will be a little more cautious the rest of the season. We already lost 2 members of the community, let's not lose anyone else in a fatal wreck. Buckle up, know you the road conditions and be courtious to other drivers. Be safe Clay County.

-- Posted by doc69 on Tue, Dec 2, 2008, at 11:26 AM

Drive the road condition ,Sometime driving to slow causes wrecks.

-- Posted by Sand mann on Tue, Dec 2, 2008, at 2:19 PM

Hey People! Its survival of the... smartest. Salt? Sand? What for. Yes, its worth the savings. The more sand you put on, the faster and more careless people will drive. The better the air bags or the more "click it or ticket" drives, the more unsafe people will drive. Hey! We've got salt, sand, airbags and seatbelts! We don't need no stinkin' safety!!! Maybe its a cruel reality but I don't like financing people's inability to steer or operate their vehicle. I drive under conditions that are so deplorable, the average person would simply say I was crazy. I think its fun and I think its safe. Its not the salt, the sand, the seatbelts or the airbags that make it safe, its the drivers. I just hope the morons learn to drive before they die. If they don't, well, it is too bad. Wish I could help, so, I help myself by driving with a brain. You all should do the same. Stop this pity party over people who either just made a mistake or never learned to drive. Nobody said life was fair. SUCK IT UP! SLOW IT DOWN!

-- Posted by TheRider on Tue, Dec 2, 2008, at 4:30 PM


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