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Officials busy with slide-offs

Monday, December 7, 2009

The arctic arrival of "Old Man Winter" kept local law enforcement and emergency responders busy early Monday morning.

According to 911 dispatchers at the Clay County Justice Center, numerous weather-related accidents were reported between 5-10 a.m., Monday.

"It was horrendous," 911-dispatcher Cindy Judd told The Brazil Times Monday afternoon. "Sixteen reports were slide-offs requiring assistance, but there were a lot more than that."

Amid the numerous weather-related accidents, Judd said most of the reports came in from two areas where ice was an issue, a large portion of United Sates 40 west of the Staunton flashers to the Clay/Vigo county line and the Bowling Green area on State Road 46.

"We would get numerous calls reporting the same accident. At one point, my computer screen was full of pending calls," Judd said. "We received a lot of calls reporting a slide off and then they would call back to report they had been helped. It was really hectic around here for a while."


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It would have been a good idea for our kids to be on a 2 hour daily because of these conditions instead of standing by the dangerous roads and standing in the cold tempratures while the buses were running more than 30 minutes late....

-- Posted by Innocent on Tue, Dec 8, 2009, at 6:00 AM

I Agree, My son was almost hit standing on the sidewalk by a sliding car!!!! School board needs to think about the option more like a safty issue not a game to see if they can do it... The girl who hit the side walk popped her tire and cryed because it scared her... PLEASE LOOK AT SAFTY FIRST, This could have been much worse!

-- Posted by computerdx on Tue, Dec 8, 2009, at 6:37 AM

Agreed!

-- Posted by Criminology08 on Tue, Dec 8, 2009, at 6:38 AM

This was an awful day! We have lost too many children lately to accidents, but we still sent our children out on dangerous roads. Yes, I know parents could prevent young drivers from being on the road, but I drove my children to school and it scared me! I am an experienced driver and have never had an accident. I feel comfortable driving on snowy and icy roads, but not when they have not had any treatment to them. Mostly it was the other drivers that worried me. I saw other drivers sliding toward me and buses fishtailing. I will not put my children on the bus when I see bus drivers that were not slowing down enough.

When we called to complain because there was no sand on the roads, we were told they were using a new thing that we cannot see. I am telling you there was nothing done to 340 and some of the other common roads before school. If that stuff was used, you were ripped off because it does not work!

It would be nice if the school officials are not going to call off school or make a 2 hour delay that they would at least coordinate with the county and make sure the roads at least right by the schools are prepared for drivers.

I am very angry about this. That is all everyone in the community was speaking about yesterday. I will not take my children out on roads like this again! I will make my own 2 hour delay. They will just have to be late.

-- Posted by funnynurse on Tue, Dec 8, 2009, at 7:37 AM

Seriously...is there ANYTHING that will please all the people all the time? If school was delayed 2 hours then everyone would be on here complaining about how it messes up their schedule. FYI Winter comes every single year!!!! Be aware and prepared!

-- Posted by WhyInBrazil on Tue, Dec 8, 2009, at 8:09 AM

I agree with most of you. My son had to stand outside and wait an extra 40 mins. Its not like he can come inside and wait on the bus, the bus stop is a block away. I think this was a very poor decision and just plain ridiculous.

-- Posted by pennymoore403@yahoo.com on Tue, Dec 8, 2009, at 9:17 AM

Where was the county with the salt trucks? I did not see ONE Clay County vehicle out there, but boy did I sure see the Vigo County Road Crew out there! Clay County is HORRIBLE!!!!!!!

-- Posted by clgruener on Tue, Dec 8, 2009, at 11:43 AM

Rt 59North was an icy mess as semi's and cars could not go up the hills. Traffic was backed up for miles.

Where is the clay co salt crew when they see these dangerous conditions coming? Or you just didnt see it? Sorry but thats your job. It saves live

Winter is here folks. Be careful out there.

-- Posted by Pearl2083 on Tue, Dec 8, 2009, at 3:30 PM

Dont blame the salt trucks for not being out...this one caught everyone off guard and hey...we live where the weather can get nasty at the drop of a hat.

As far as the schools...thats a different call. They should have been delayed 2hrs for sure.

-- Posted by G-boy2008 on Tue, Dec 8, 2009, at 3:52 PM

It was a very dangerous morning for sure. The kids who had to wait for the school buses were definitely at risk, as well as the thousands of drivers trying to get to work or where they needed to be. Unfortunately, there are always those people who have the big vehicles that think they are king of the road, which only creates more problems. People do need to be more aware and more careful, but on a day like yesterday, people had no control of their vehicles in many cases. School delays are issued for A REASON!!!!!!! A very IMPORTANT reason.

-- Posted by JaniLou on Wed, Dec 9, 2009, at 8:49 AM


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