Published: 2009-03-03 12:42:00
Updated: 2009-03-09 17:13:16
Posted March 3, 2009
Updated March 9, 2009
Raleigh, N.C. — Icy roads led to more than a dozen wrecks before sunrise Tuesday in Wilson, with at least one shutting down part of Interstate 95 in the area for nearly three hours.
Road crews were out Monday evening preparing roads for icy conditions as melted snow refroze overnight.
Ice wreaks havoc on Wilson roads
But salt and sand mixtures meant to melt ice did not work as expected, the state Department of Transportation said. Temperatures dropped faster than expected, and any melting refroze, DOT officials said.
Road conditions also prompted Wilson County Schools Tuesday morning to cancel classes, which initially on a two-hour delay.
The Highway Patrol urges motorists to use caution when driving on wet and slick roads and to be aware of black ice, which looks like wet spots. Other tips include: