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Ice Causes Problems for Thursday Commutes
Written by Nicole Porter
Last updated on December 27, 2012 @ 8:05PM
Created on December 27, 2012 @ 6:00PM
 
Even though there wasn't a lot of snow on the ground for most people Thursday morning, the roads were still pretty treacherous. Layers of ice covered the cars, sidewalks and roads. Driving conditions were pretty bad in some places during most of the morning hours.

Everything was a little slick, including main roads such as I-79, Route 50 and Route 33. Minor accidents were reported all over our viewing area. For the most part, people were able to walk away from the scenes with just some bumps.

The rain over night and the freezing temperatures combined to make the slick layer on top of the roads.  Some county 9-1-1 centers reported cars in ditches or into guard rails. One accident on I-79 near the 107 mile marker flipped a jeep on it's top. Luckily the driver was OK. That accident happened near a bridge, which is where officers say a lot of them were Thursday morning.
 
"Just remember that bridges freeze first. Keep a safe distance between other vehicles and if you don't need to go out, don't come out. We've been busy all morning. We've had several (accidents). Mainly around the bridges, sharp turns," said Lewis County Sheriff's Department Deputy F.J. Turansky. 
 
Division of Highway workers were out Wednesday preparing for the possible weather that was headed our way.
 
They were trying to pre-treat the roads so that they could get to it before the ice. Last night though, the drizzle froze immediately on contact with the roads. Some places also had snow showers.
 
"We have to get out and pre-treat and get everything ready. We are prepared. We do have a lot of new equipment that we're blessed with so we try to keep the snow and ice off the roads," said Division of Highways District Manager Greg Phillips.
 
DOH crews were out throughout the day Thursday. In this district, the DOH has 10,000 road miles to take care of.

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