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Cabell Drivers Say Weather Causing Tricky Travel Friday
Reported by: Darrah Wilcox
Web Producer: Darrah Wilcox
Reported: Jan. 25, 2013 5:20 PM EST
Updated: Jan. 25, 2013 5:59 PM EST
Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia
Matthew Salser drove to Huntington from Meigs County Ohio, Friday afternoon and said the roads were pretty scary.
Salser said he was "slipping and sliding and doing about 30 mph in a 55 mph zone."
He wasn't alone. Drivers all over town were having trouble with travel Friday after a winter storm dumped snow on area roads. Cabell County dispatchers reported about three dozen accidents by late Friday afternoon.
Cabell County EMS Director Gordon Merry said it was a mess on the roads.
"It's really dangerous. People need to slow down, keep the distance from the car in front of them and pay attention," he said.
Huntington street workers started preparing for the inclement weather Thursday.
Street supervisor Joe Day said, "You have to have a plan going in. That way you can get ahead of the game and it makes it safer for everybody."
Road crews pretreated and treated as many roads as possible, but it was just hard to keep up with all the snow, ice, and bitter cold.
State and county roads also were treacherous. There were at least three accidents on Interstate 64 between Kenova and Huntington in less than an hour around lunchtime. Even sport utility vehicles and trucks seemed no match for the conditions. Merry said, "You can get yourself in just as much trouble with a four-wheel drive as you can a two-wheel drive."
Merry recommend staying off the roads if you can.
Drivers said if you have to go out, use common sense. "Keep it slow," Sean Laishley said. "Check your brakes and try to stay safe."
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