Slick road conditions catch morning commuters off guard

FWPD told WFFT there were 48 accidents between 5 a.m and 9 a.m.

Posted: Jan. 10, 2018 6:31 PM
Updated: Jan. 11, 2018 8:57 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- Slick roads caused 48 accidents between 5 a.m. and 9 a.m. Wednesday morning. Three of those accidents resulted in injuries.

Tow companies and body shops saw the aftermath, and local residents felt the early morning headaches.

"It looked like a mirror. It was just like glass all over the street," said Stacey Trausch.

Trausch was one Fort Wayne resident that saw the effects of slick roads.

"There was somebody that almost slid into our home today. So yeah, we've been seeing people slide all day long," Trausch said.

Trausch said her heart was racing all morning, and she saw several close calls. Kevin Bender said he saw three cars slide off the ramp from Lima Road to I-69.

"Three vehicles came up the off ramp at a speed that they shouldn't have been going. Obviously they didn't understand, and they all three slid off the road at the same time," Bender said.

Bender said many people fall victim to black ice, landing them in the ditch, and their cars in the shop.

Body shops and tow companies were backed up all day. Parker Towing told me they were only taking police calls Wednesday morning.

"A lot of tow-ins, a lot of door traffic, a lot of fender benders. It's nice that most of them are driveable whereas the tow-ins are not," said Brittany Slusher, shop manager at 1469 Body Shop.

Slusher said Wednesday was busier than normal, and the number of accidents are slowing them down.

"We [have] to wait for authorization from the customer as well as the insurance company, so there's a process there, couple days," Slusher said.

Kevin Bender said he does what he can to avoid the shop all together.

"You should drive with caution all the time, and that's what people need to learn," Bender said.

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