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Slick roads lead to wrecks

March 1, 2013
By Casey Houser - Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

Slick roads, due to ice and snow, were the cause of several traffic accidents in Randolph and Tucker counties Thursday, officials said.

The Tucker County Office of Emergency Management officials reported one motor vehicle accident occurred near Tucker County High School, and said two Swift Transportation Corp. tractor-trailers were held up on State Route 219 on Backbone Mountain due to the road conditions.

In addition, an 18-wheeler and pickup truck were involved in a head-on collision late Thursday afternoon on State Route 219, near Thomas, in the direction of Oakland, Md., according to police radio traffic. Both drivers were reported to have exited their vehicles safely.

Randolph County emergency crews also had their hands full Thursday. The Randolph County OEM said there was an early-morning wreck involving a school bus and a car on Kennedy Street, near Highland Park.

Terry George, interim superintendent of Randolph County Schools, said the bus contained the driver, two students and an aide. The students were transported to Davis Memorial and then released to their parents.

George said the bus sustained minimal damage and that it was operational by Thursday afternoon. No citations were issued. The wreck was blamed on road conditions.

Randolph OEM also reported there was an overturned SUV on Gwendolyn Drive in Glenmore.

Officials at the National Weather Service in Charleston are expecting the recent bout of winter weather to ease up by the end of the week.

Fortunately for those who lost power earlier this week, due to ice storms, as of Thursday afternoon MonPower reported no power outages in the local area.

Mike Zwier, a meteorologist at the NWS, spoke to the Inter-Mountain about what area residents can expect in the coming days.

"We are going to see scattered snow through the weekend," he said.

Zwier said snow flurries are likely today and Saturday. He said they should taper off by Sunday.

Only an inch of snow is expected today and less than an inch is predicted to fall Saturday, leaving the two-day total at less than two inches.

The NWS website lists highs for the next few days as reaching no higher than the freezing point. The high today is predicted to be 33 degrees, while the high Saturday is expected to reach 31. Temperatures Sunday are expected to reach 31.

Lows are predicted to decrease, however. The low tonight is expected to be 24, with a low of 22 Saturday night and 15 Sunday night

Contact Casey Houser by email at chouser@theintermountain.com.

 
 

 

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