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Bypass traffic flows, but police advise staying home

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

While the snow and rain have stopped, some roads are still slippery, especially on bridges where ice has been forming. And this could make for very dangerous driving conditions.

The morning commute was a messy one for many drivers who tried to brave the wintry conditions.

"The roads were real icy and little flurries and I just drove real slow and cautious," said one driver.

This wreck on US 19 near exit three is one of more than 25 crashes that Albany Police and GSP troopers worked Wednesday morning.

"What's causing the crashes, people are going too fast and they're hitting the ice and they're losing control of the vehicle and running into the bridge or the guardrail or maybe another vehicle," said SGT Shawn Urquhart with the Georgia State Patrol.

Several drivers had to be helped after sliding into the grass median.  And portions of the Liberty Expressway were shut down because of the ice.

Crews were out and about before the sun came up, trying to keep the bridges salted.

"With all the cars coming across at such a high rate of speed, it's blowing the sand off the bridge and they're constantly having to put more sand out on the bridges to keep them from freezing up," said SGT Urquhart.

But roads were still causing problems for some drivers, like Rodney Davis.

"Some of the conditions were pretty bad. We had some patchy ice. I actually hydroplaned once or twice," said Davis.

Driving conditions that Davis and many South Georgians aren't use to.  "Lord it feels like New York or something!" said Davis.

And law enforcement officials are asking folks to drive cautiously until this wintry mix has melted away and stay home if you can.

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A two-car collision reduced westbound traffic to a single lane on the Liberty Bypass at the Flint River this morning about 9:00.

The bridge had ice, which may have contributed to it, but more sand has been spread

At least two people were injured.

Albany Police say that while the roads are passable, they ask everyone to stay off the roads unless travel is absolutely necessary. They have worked over a dozens collisions so far Wednesday.

 

 

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