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Slick roads cause difficult morning commute

Published: Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 10:54 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 2:35 p.m. CDT
Slippery road conditions this morning cause this Iowa Department of Transportation snow plow to slide into a Dodge minivan on Sumner Avenue near Stalker Chevrolet in Creston.

A short rain shower and temperatures near the freezing point around 7:30 a.m. combined to make a slick morning commute for area residents.

“This one caught us all by surprise,” said Union County Secondary Roads Foreman Bob Marquart. “We weren’t expecting it to do anything (this morning) and then this rain shower came in.”

Marquart said a majority of the drivers were already working on other projects around Union County and had to be called back to the office to start treating roads.

He added that the hard surface roads only take about an hour to sand once all the workers are on their routes.

“We are out sanding so people can get traction,” Marquart said. “So far the gravel roads are in decent shape.”

The Creston Police Department reported one accident within Creston city limits, one accident within Afton City limits, a two-car accident west of the Kent corner and an accident near the Kestler curve.

The ambulance was sent to the accident in Afton. Several other cars were reported sliding into the ditch.

The National Weather Service forecast for the Creston area predicts windy conditions for the remainder of Thursday with gusts reaching 36 mph.

A 40 percent chance for snow moves in late Thursday night through Friday with accumulation totals expected to be around an inch. Another storm system is expected Friday night into Saturday with accumulation totals up to three inches.

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