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Breakfast run ends in fender-bender for NC State students

Posted February 15
Updated February 16

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— Monday morning's icy roads led to a lot of cars and trucks slipping and colliding and kept tow truck companies busy pulling them to safety.

Between midnight and 10:30 a.m., the State Highway Patrol responded to more than 1,100 collisions statewide. In Raleigh, the police department responded to 170 crash calls.

Eric Hatch, a tow truck driver for Ace Towing in Raleigh, answered the call from Raleigh police to help a driver near the intersection of Kelford and Gorman streets.

Molly Miller and her friends, students at North Carolina State University, were just hungry.

"We were going to IHOP," she said.

But they didn't make it to breakfast. Miller and her friends saw an oncoming car hit a patch of ice.

"And he just came over and sideswiped us," one of her passengers said.

Miller's car has damage on one side. The driver at fault only needs a spare mounted until he can get a new tire.

Hatch said most of those he encountered wished they had stayed at home.

"There's a lot of people out there on the road who probably don't need to be," he said.

Miller wishes she had made that choice.

"Pancakes aren't worth it, I guess," she said.

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