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Icy Roads lead to Accidents

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Sunny skies can certainly look nice in the morning, but until you step outside and drive to work, don't be tricked into thinking it's warm and that the roadways are dry.

Missouri State Highway Patrol officials say those conditions are leading to deadly accidents.

"Several across this area. Mainly in the Jasper County and in Newton County that we investigated were the drivers were traveling too fast for the conditions on the roadway. There was some ice. Mainly on the bridge floor where they lost control" says Sgt. Martin.. Mike Watson.

Mike Watson works for the Missouri State Highway Patrol, he says accidents on roadways are common early in the morning when the temperature hovers around freezing and thin layers of black ice form on the roadways.

"As the sun goes down overnight and in the morning when it's coldest right before the sunrise, there may be some moisture on the ground, the temperatures dropped around that freezing level, you have to be aware of your surroundings" says Watson.

"Our weather in Missouri is always changing. So don't take anything for granted" says Watson.

"Just a short amount of rain, the bridges freeze first, cause they're not insulated and when people hit the bridges, that's when they lose control" says Sgt. Martin.. David Martin.

Both Sergeant Martin and Sergeant Watson want to remind drivers to always wear your seatbelt, because accidents can happen at any time.

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