Slippery morning brought dozens of minor accidents

Mar. 04, 2014 @ 05:43 PM

Slick roads on late Monday and early Tuesday kept motorists slipping and sliding, resulting in dozens of traffic accidents for police to manage.

A weather system that swept into the Triangle Monday afternoon brought freezing temperatures and a dusting of snow. Those low temperatures left icy roads throughout the area until about lunchtime Tuesday.

The Durham Police Department handled 156 traffic calls between noon Monday and 9 a.m. Tuesday, according to Durham’s emergency communications department. No serious injuries were reported.

The Durham County Sheriff’s Office counted 31 accidents on Tuesday between 5:45 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., according to Deputy Paul Sherwin, sheriff’s spokesman.

Of those, one was handled by the State Highway Patrol and two were managed by the Police Department. Nine got deputy responses, but no report was required. Nineteen required reports and resulted in more than $1,000 worth of damage.

No one was seriously hurt in any accidents handled by the Sheriff’s Office, Sherwin said.

Old Oxford Road proved the most problematic as the site of several accidents reported on Tuesday, he said, “but the crashes were pretty spread out.”

One crash, on Junction Road about 10:45 a.m., knocked over a power pole. Deputies closed Junction between Pervis and Ferrell roads for about an hour while the pole was removed and lines repaired, Sherwin said.

We should have a break in the icy weather for at least a couple of days. However, the National Weather Service is tracking a low-pressure system in the Gulf of Mexico that could track northeast along the North Carolina coast late Thursday into Friday.

That system could bring more winter weather, primarily in the Triad and northwest Piedmont.

“Above average uncertainty persists with regard to this system,” the weather service outlook report stated on Tuesday. “Residents of central North Carolina are encouraged to pay close attention to the forecast as the week progresses.”

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