Slushy roads cause accidents

A truck lies on its side after a crash Monday morning. (Chopper 11 HD)

February 20, 2012 10:33:08 AM PST
Sunday night's wintry weather caused some slick spots on roadways leading to several traffic accidents during Monday morning's commute.

ABC11 Meteorologist Don Schwenneker said with temperatures below freezing during the early morning hours, snow left over from the overnight dusting refroze causing slick spots.

As traffic picked up during the morning commute, several accidents were reported across the Triangle.

On I-540 around 6 a.m., a five-car accident led to a car fire along with eastbound lanes at Creedmoor Road in Raleigh. Around the same time, at least eight cars collided at Wade Aveune and Edwards Mill in Raleigh.

"A couple of cars had spun out before," motorist John Dearden said about the Wade Aveune accident. "When I initially called 911, three more slid across the bridge. And I think a lot of people slid across and survived and just kept right on going."

About an hour later according to Kammie Michael with the Durham Police Department, two officers were responding to the accident on I-540 when a tractor trailer jackknifed, hitting the patrol car and another vehicle on the exit ramp from I-40 East to I-540 North. The police cruiser then burst into flames.

Officials said no one was seriously injured in any of the accidents. All of the incidents blocked off traffic for several hours, causing detours and major delays.

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While most school districts did not have classes scheduled Monday because of President's Day, some districts that did have classes decided not to risk accidents and went with 2-hour delays.

Sunshine returns to the area for Monday and it remains dry with some sun and clouds Tuesday with milder temperatures Tuesday.

Click here for the complete forecast.

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