the traffic accidents due to icy conditions this morning doesn’t at all surprise me after seeing all the inconsiderate speeders on the interstate while driving to work today. It really pisses me off seeing these other drivers tailgating, weaving in and out of lanes and driving over the speed limit when driving conditions aren’t all that great to begin with. I mean, what are these people thinking??? Do they all have special tires that prevent them from slipping on icy patches?? Even on the infamous I-540/I-40 exit ramp, people were still trying to “cut-in” at the very last minute making those of us in line hit the brakes to avoid plowing into the guy in front of us. who are these idiots?? if you were in one of the accidents this morning due to excessive speeding, it serves YOU right!!
idiot drivers around here
WRAL - Icy Roads Lead to 50+ Accidents
Raleigh — Icy roads Tuesday morning lead to more than 50 accidents across the Triangle, most of which were fender-benders that caused no serious injuries, according to authorities. Cars could be seen sliding on the road at N.C. Highways 540 and 54, where previous accidents were blocking some lanes. Glenwood Avenue at Interstate 540 was also backed up due to slippery roads.
“The cars were spinning around, striking each other, striking the guardrails, striking the Jersey walls,” said Trooper Beckley Vaughan, of the state Highway Patrol. “One of the worst things you can do, of course, is hit the brakes, and most of those people, when they started losing control, were applying the brakes.”
Mark Bitleris drove his sport utility vehicle into the median guardrail cable on N.C. 540 at N.C. 54.
“I was going across the bridge, just hit a patch of ice and started going sideways,” Bitleris said. “About five minutes later, another car hit the wall on the other side. The ice seemed to creep up on people.”
Robin Griffo was involved in a three-vehicle wreck at I-540 and Glenwood Avenue.
“I actually hit a van first, and then it threw me into the wall,” Griffo said. “Then I hit (another car), and then I rode up the side of the wall and stopped right here at the end.”
The National Weather Service in Raleigh warned that patchy freezing drizzle or light freezing rain would develop across sections of the Piedmont between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. Temperatures were forecast to be between 25 and 30 degrees at the onset of rain, but were expected to warm up a little later in the day. Ground temperatures were considerably colder than Saturday night, when parts of the state saw some snowfall.
Another shot of cold weather is expected late Thursday, with temperatures in the mid-20s and then dropping down to about 15 degrees on Friday.