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Icy roads take heavy toll on roadways

SoVaNow.com / January 10, 2018
Black ice caused numerous crashes during the Tuesday morning commute across Mecklenburg County. Virginia State Troopers responded to 22 separate automobile collisions between 4:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Virginia State Police First Sgt. Sid Leslie said most were due to cars skidding on black ice. Nine of the incidents resulted in property damage and another nine reported injuries to one or more persons in the vehicle.

Warming temperatures Monday during the day, followed by overnight freezing caused black ice to build up on many of the secondary roads. Nearly every accident responded to by the State Police took place on a secondary road in the county.

Accidents caused by black ice can be terrifying. They can spin you out of control and slam you into another car or object. That is what happened to at least one driver on Wilbourne Road near Highway 58. His car hit a patch of black ice, spun into a tree before colliding with another vehicle. Neither driver reported any injuries from the crash, but both vehicles sustained significant damage.

Concern for the safety of the children prompted School Superintendent Paul Nichols to cancel school for another day.

The number of accidents being processed by State Police prevented them from releasing complete details about each incident. As of press time, Troopers were completing their paperwork.

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