Sgt. Christopher Knox with the State Highway Patrol said, "It's been a busy morning."
As early as 5:30 a.m., eastbound lanes of Wade Avenue between Edwards Mill Road and Interstate 40 in Raleigh were closed due to an icy bridge and multiple reported crashes. Several vehicles spun out on the Wade Avenue bridge, causing traffic to be blocked from about the PNC Arena back to the west. By 7 a.m., Wade Avenue was opened again.
A State Capitol Police officer on her way to work spun out and crashed on Wade Avenue. After she got out of her vehicle, she was hit by an out-of-control car, authorities said. The officer suffered a broken leg.
Around 6 a.m., Interstate 87 at Knightdale Blvd. was closed due to a wreck, expected to remain blocked until 8 a.m.
"There have been so many accidents they had to shut down a bridge in Princeton. "The accidents have been very severe," said WRAL reporter Kasey Cunningham.
Officials said the van previously spun out and was on the side of the road. When someone came to tow it, the van somehow caught fire and burned up. The occupants of the van were already out and were not injured.
A ramp from Capital Blvd. onto I-540 W was essentially a sheet of ice and closed down.
"Officials said it's entirely too unsafe for vehicles to travel down," said WRAL reporter Adam Owens.
"It is all ice," he said.
According to Knox, despite the multiple crashes, there were no fatalities from weather-related collisions during this storm.
"Schools had let out, people had left work," he said, stating that the sheer volume of cars on the roadways was less than in previous storms, which helped decrease the risk.
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