Thursday, December 23, 2010
Sheets of ice cause mishaps
By BARRY BURLESON
Icy bridges/overpasses led to several accidents in the Holly Springs area last week.
City fire chief Kenny Holbrook said his department stayed busy for about an hour and a half early Wednesday morning, Dec. 15, responding to approximately seven wrecks.
He said the accidents were caused by “black ice” on bridges and overpasses, mostly on highways 78 and 178.
“Water freezes on the bridges because of the air space underneath,” the fire chief said. “Drivers don’t see it coming, and people aren’t used to driving in weather like that.
“Always be careful on bridges and overpasses in situations like we had last week.”
Holbrook said in most cases cars start slipping and drivers immediately hit the brakes, causing the crashes.
Some of the accidents December 15 were more serious than others.
The driver of a car involved in an accident on the overpass at highways 78 and 7 was seriously injured and transported to The Med in Memphis, Tenn., Holbrook said.
There were four injuries in a wreck on Highway 78 at the overpass in Red Banks. Two were transported to a hospital in DeSoto County, Holbrook said, and two others were transported to Alliance HealthCare System in Holly Springs.
He said the temperatures increased later in the morning on Wednesday, Dec. 15, and the bridges and overpasses “cleared up pretty quickly.”
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