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Winter weather creates problems for Winnebago County drivers

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Tow truck driver pulls deliver driver through snow covered driveway. Tow truck driver pulls deliver driver through snow covered driveway.
Driver ends up on telephone pole support wire to avoid crash. Driver ends up on telephone pole support wire to avoid crash.
WINNEBAGO COUNTY (WREX) -

Flying flakes and wet roads make a bad combination for people trying to drive to their destination. But the weather is keeping tow truck drivers and salt trucks busy. The Winnebago County Highway Department crews took the streets before the snow even started Wednesday morning, but the treatments were not enough to stop people from sliding off roads.

 

"I think sometimes when they see a lot of the salt truck putting salt down it's maybe a little false sense of security that the roads are going to stay real flexible as far as being passable for them to drive through that the slush is going to be melted through but that's really not the case," says Dan Davis, Winnebago County Highway Department operation's manager.

 

Businesses like Haas Automotive kept busy throughout the morning storm pulling people out of ditches or in the case of one driver, pulling him through a snowed over driveway.

 

"A driver doing delivering got stuck on a road that was loose and he got his truck stuck and we came out here to rescue him," says Joe Lozdos, Haas tow truck driver.

 

Rockford Police say within the city itself the weather did not cause a lot a problems. But the slick roads did send at least two drivers to the hospital after an accident near 6th avenue and 7th street. One of the drivers couldn't stop when a light turned and to avoid a crash a car ended up on a telephone pole support wire and semi truck went off the road. According to Davis that situation is very common is these types of storms.

 

"When it starts with the rain and then does that cold transition as the temperature drops that's what creates your icing and your slippery conditions." says Davis.

 

Besides watching how you drive, you also need to be careful where you park. Almost all the surrounding communities have issued snow emergencies meaning you either cannot park on the street or in Rockford's case odd-evening parking is in place until Thursday morning at 8 a.m.

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