Icy conditions cause several crashes during morning commute

Icy conditions cause several crashes during morning commute

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A mail carrier crashed into a ditch along Highway 92 in Rutledge, causing her airbags to go off. The vehicle was heavily damaged, but luckily she was not injured. A mail carrier crashed into a ditch along Highway 92 in Rutledge, causing her airbags to go off. The vehicle was heavily damaged, but luckily she was not injured.
"We had spin-outs, drive offs, we've had some down some embankments and we've had a few two-car pile ups where they've hit each other," said Richard McGinnis with the Rutledge Police Department. "We had spin-outs, drive offs, we've had some down some embankments and we've had a few two-car pile ups where they've hit each other," said Richard McGinnis with the Rutledge Police Department.
With temperatures hovering right around 32 degrees during the morning commute, the rain was freezing as soon as it hit the pavement causing black ice to form in several locations. With temperatures hovering right around 32 degrees during the morning commute, the rain was freezing as soon as it hit the pavement causing black ice to form in several locations.

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

RUTLEDGE (WATE) - This latest round of winter weather has already caused one round of problems during the Thursday morning commute.

Road crews across the area responded to several trouble calls due to the slick roads. They fear it's only the beginning of the problems associated with this storm system.

With temperatures hovering right around 32 degrees during the morning commute, the rain was freezing as soon as it hit the pavement causing black ice to form in several locations.

"We had spin-outs, drive offs, we've had some down some embankments and we've had a few two-car pile ups where they've hit each other," said Richard McGinnis with the Rutledge Police Department.  

A mail carrier crashed into a ditch along Highway 92 in Rutledge, causing her airbags to go off. The vehicle was heavily damaged, but luckily she was not injured.

Just up U.S. Highway 11-W another car veered off the roadway causing it to get stuck in a ditch.

A number of slide-offs were also reported along Highway 131. Its many curves becoming treacherous in the icy conditions.

Officials are now preparing as conditions get worse again Thursday evening.

"We will transfer from our patrol units into our four wheel drive units and use those to answer calls as a needed basis," said McGinnis. "There are some roads low lying in the county that we would have to close if the weather continues."

Ultimately, if the weather does turn bad officials say you should avoid any unnecessary travel.

Grainger County dispatchers say deputies responded to about 12 accident calls within one hour.

No serious injuries were reported.

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