Another blast of winter weather created a hectic weekend for local emergency response personnel in Clay County.
As temperatures dropped, snow fell and roads became slick early Saturday morning, information provided by Clay County Justice Center 911-Dispatchers showed more than 30 accidents were reported in less than 24 hours.
Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton confirmed to The Brazil Times deputies and reserve deputies were called in early for their shifts to help handle the mayhem of weather related accidents.
Interstate-70 was a focal point of many of the calls, which started coming in before 8 a.m. Within a little more than an hour, 14 accidents involving cars, trucks and semis were reported on the stretch of the highway that goes through Clay County (16.5-29 mile marker).
Members of county and state law enforcement and Jackson and Posey Township Volunteer fire departments, Clay County Search and Rescue and TransCare were stretched thin while responding to the accidents.
Conditions were so bad at one point, that tow truck drivers reported it was difficult to move their vehicles, forcing some drivers to wait for roads to be cleared by state highway salt trucks and snow plows.
A few officers working accidents reported more accidents at the same scenes, while motorists attempted to avoid the first accident, lost control of their vehicles and slid off in the same area.
Although several accidents reported minor injuries, many victims refused medical treatment at the scene.
Meanwhile, 17 other accidents were reported throughout the county.
Several vehicles slid off the roadway and struck trees, fences and utility poles, while a few drivers lost control and struck other vehicles. One vehicle was reported in a cornfield while another went into a pond. However, only minor injuries were reported.
Several homeowners were inconvenienced by one accident. It is unclear how long it took repair crews from Duke Energy and Verizon to replace a downed pole, repair the utility lines and restore service in an area west of Murphy Avenue on County Road 1200 North.
Grateful no one suffered severe injuries, Heaton said most of the accident reports slowed down around 6 p.m. Saturday.
"These weather conditions and the road conditions it caused were almost a repeat of what happened last Monday," he said. "People need to be aware, pay attention to the weather and the road conditions and just slow down. You may be confident in your driving skills, but you really have to worry about the other people out there driving with you. You just don't know what will happen in front, at the side or in back of you while driving."