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Slick spots produce numerous wrecks during morning commute

Posted March 3, 2014
Updated March 4, 2014

Once drivers hit the road, congestion and slick spots combined to back up Tryon Road in Cary.

— Slick roads and bitterly cold temperatures had a major impact on the morning commute in the Triangle Tuesday, causing dozens of wrecks across the area as drivers struggled to navigate bridges and some secondary and primary streets.

A tractor-trailer jackknifed on U.S. Highway 64 East at about 5:15 a.m., blocking travel lanes for about two hours. A box truck, a pickup truck and a car were also involved. No major injuries were reported.

A four-door sedan overturned near the intersection of Casa Street and Horton Road in Durham at about 6 a.m., sending two people to a local hospital with minor injuries.

Authorities were forced to close all lanes of Glenwood Avenue briefly near Brier Creek during the morning commute, and another wreck on U.S. Highway 1 South near Tryon Road at about 10:15 a.m. closed two lanes and sent one driver to a local hospital. No information about the cause of the wreck was available, but authorities said two cars were involved.

Another wreck involving a tractor-trailer shut down several lanes of N.C. Highway 55 East in Apex for about three hours.

About 50 state Department of Transportation trucks were dispatched at 4 a.m. Tuesday to treat roads with salt and sand.

Slick roads led a number of school districts to close Tuesday, including Wake, Chapel Hill-Carrboro, Wilson, Nash-Rocky Mount, Durham, Johnston and Orange.

North Carolina State University, North Carolina Central University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill canceled early morning classes.

Tuesday’s high is expected to reach 36 degrees, with mostly cloudy skies and light rain possible for areas east of Raleigh.

Overnight temperatures will dip below freezing ahead of Wednesday's commute, likely freezing any liquid that is left on the roads after Tuesday's melting.

The forecast is expected to remain cold and wet for the rest of the work week, with rain and temperatures in the 40s.

But the weekend will bring more seasonal weather, as temperatures are expected to reach the 60s.


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  • Billy the Kid Mar 4, 2014

    It's called paying attention and driving skills.

  • Shamrock Mar 4, 2014

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    I would tend to bet that no one is taking advise from you. Anyone?

  • tobywilliamson1973 Mar 4, 2014

    I hope everyone "thinks outside the box" today, and not wait till they get in the box to decide what they are gonna do. That creates congestion. We don't need congestion, people.

  • Shamrock Mar 4, 2014

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    What arrangements are they going to make after 11p anyway? The message was out by 530a this morning. After the WCPSS blundered and kept kids home with no bad weather during the first snow, they are being more cautious now. I am happy about that because the YR kids will be in school every Sat until school is out making for several 6 day weeks in a row.

  • Classified Mar 4, 2014

    “Its that northern mentality that because it snows up north that somehow they are the experts in driving in snow or ice. Newsflash: They aren't”

    My goodness, how long are we going to carry that north/south chip on your shoulder? Get over it. And yes some of us ARE experts driving in these conditions simply because we do it more.

  • Shamrock Mar 4, 2014

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    None. The message was out way before the first students are picked up. We just went back to bed.

  • Obamacare rises again Mar 4, 2014

    A lot of irresponsible people jamming the box and creating accidents these days.

  • PanthersFan45 Mar 4, 2014

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    Its that northern mentality that because it snows up north that somehow they are the experts in driving in snow or ice. Newsflash: They aren't ........ the level of road treatment and snow removal is much different here and you need to adjust to the conditions. I've stated before that I think they appropriate their money for winter events properly. I was out pretty early this AM and there were a couple of icy areas. There was a small enough number of cars out this AM that you could leave space, take your time and get to where you needed to go. I dislike hotshots who are speeding just as much as the next guy.

  • Joseph Smith Mar 4, 2014
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    I hope they have all the pick ups and SUV's hauled away before i head home.

  • Michael Miller Mar 4, 2014
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    Actually it's a combination of both arrogant/aggressive drivers and defensive drivers. It's okay to drive 20 MPH below the speed limit and to keep a safe distance between you and the car in front of you. But I was following numerous cars, from a safe distance, this morning who decided to brake the entire way down hills and thru curves. This practice is just as dangerous and causes just as many accidents. If you're on ice, braking is one of the worst things you can do. These people should not have been on the road.