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Dozens of Accidents Caused By Icy Roads

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Dozens of accidents happened throughout the Truckee Meadows overnight and into the morning commute. Some of them even involved emergency vehicles.

This morning, 26 cars crashed on a section of Interstate 580, near the Mt. Rose Highway, in just a few hours.

One of the reasons so many drivers had problems, there, is because it is right at the bottom of a hill so, many drivers could not stop on the icy surface.

"Ice caught some of the motorists off-guard and one collision turned into several," Sgt. James Farmer, Nevada Highway Patrol said. "People trying to slow down and stop for the collisions ultimately got involved in more collisions. Just made a big mess."

Four people were transported to area hospitals and more than 30 others were evaluated at the scene for injuries.

The conditions forced the NHP to close both the north and southbound lanes of I-580.

"We thought it was safe to start letting some traffic through and then they started crashing again," Farmer said. "So, we had to shut it down."

Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District was one of the responding agencies -- and one of their fire trucks was hit by another car.

It was the second fire truck hit since last night, when three cars slammed into one at the same location.

"Moderate damage to the fire trucks that's repairable," Fire Chief Charles Moore, Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District said. "We were more about the drivers of the vehicles. But nonetheless, it creates a significant impact to the organization because we have two fire trucks that are out of service."

Meanwhile, the Department of Transportation laid salt and sand to help get the slippery roads under control. The accidents started last night, as the temperatures dropped, turning water into ice.

Officials are asking drivers to use extra caution, especially while coming up to an accident site.

"You may see it but you may not have time to react," Moore said. "So, what people have to do and what we urge people to do on icy conditions is slow way down. And if you have a blind curve, anticipate that there could be an accident ahead."

Troopers say if the roads look different than normal, slow down.

Written by Paul Nelson
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