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Icy bridges get the blame for several crashes

Posted January 2, 2009
Updated March 9, 2009

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— The National Weather Service lifted a winter weather advisory for Triangle counties and much of the rest of the state late Friday morning, but authorities were still cleaning up vehicle crashes that happened earlier on icy roads and bridges.

An icy bridge over the Tar River on Sims Bridge Road, northwest of Louisburg, caused an oil truck to flip Friday morning, authorities said.

The driver lost control of the truck, crashed through a guard rail and rolled down a 20-foot embankment. Crews took the man, whose named was not released, to WakeMed with non-life-threatening injuries.

The oil truck leaked hundreds of gallons of oil. Crews were able to contain it before it reached the Tar River. Sims Bridge Road was going to be closed for most of the day, however, authorities said.

Sanford police reported a crash on Carbonton Road near Woolard Road due to ice on a bridge. No other details were immediately available.

Ice also was reported on an Interstate 40 bridge at N.C. Highway 210 in Johnston County and on the Brogdon Road bridge in Granville County, according to authorities.

Friday night will be mostly clear and chilly. Saturday will turn a tad warmer, with highs in the mid to upper 50s.

Rain and cloudy skies are in the forecast for Sunday morning, and Monday will be another cloudy day.

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  • ghimmy51 Jan 2, 2009

    Duh. Icy bridges don't cause crashes. Drivers do. Every bridge in this state has a "Bridge Ices Before Road" sign. People have seen them thousands of times.

  • seeingthru Jan 2, 2009

    well simms is a little bitty place anyhow--easy to wreck there anytime

  • egriffin8278 Jan 2, 2009

    Rain and below freezing temperatures do not mix well and everyone who is relying on the weather service and WRAL to replace their common sense are fools.

  • raysson Jan 2, 2009

    icy conditions=people walking into the stores fighting like children over bread,eggs and meat like there is no tomorrow and its the end of the world. Go in any of the major grocery stores around here and you'll see what I mean during the months between January through March,when folks cut the fool.

  • raysson Jan 2, 2009

    FYI: Also pays to listen to Brian Schader when it comes to traffic along the roads incidating icy spots when driving. Brian knows what he's saying!!!
    Before you hit the roads prior to you destination!

  • raysson Jan 2, 2009

    Like the previous comment about the following statement:"The weather does not cause accidents. People ignoring potential weather hazards causes accidents." I totally agree with that statement. People in this neck of the woods act so crazy on the road sometimes,that they don't think straight when Greg Fishel says weather advisory alert indicating hazards on the roads...he means it!!!!
    Half of the time,some don't used good common sense when on the roads...it pays. Prime example: Travel on a icy path when going down I-40 and you'll see clowns driving so out of control that they don't think about the unsuspecting danger that lies ahead(slick conditions meaning black ice on the roads). When Greg Fishel says weather advisory on the roads,he means it...pay attention out there for pete's sake.

  • Blues Man Z Jan 2, 2009

    Dalefan says: "I doubt it was the ice, it was probably the idiots who think we don't know how to drive down here and so graciously moved here to show us. They are the ones clogging up our roads, schools and subdivisions."

    I would love to hear your theory on the JFK assassination. LOL

  • clintoflannagan Jan 2, 2009

    The weather does not cause accidents. People ignoring potential weather hazards causes accidents.

  • workingforthosethatwont Jan 2, 2009

    I doubt it was the ice, it was probably the idiots who think we don't know how to drive down here and so graciously moved here to show us. They are the ones clogging up our roads, schools and subdivisions.

  • Bob Sidel Jan 2, 2009

    Im not sure these accidents had anything to do with ice, trucks flipping over and people smacking into guardrail is an everyday occurance for the natives of NC

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