Wreck totals high in snow

Published 10:01 pm Monday, February 15, 2010

For some, a snow day is seen as a time for fun, but law enforcement might look at it a bit differently.

With Friday morning’s snow came several accidents in the Pike County area.

There were five accidents reported in Troy, none of which included injuries.

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“There were a number of incidents where it wouldn’t technically be a wreck per se,” said Troy Police Department Spokesperson Benny Scarbrough. “We may have a vehicle run off the road, something like that, and get stuck.”

The accidents included two incidents that involved two vehicles and three incidents that only involved one vehicle.

“Because of the weather they lost control,” Scarbrough said. “It’s almost impossible to steer a vehicle in that ice or snow.”

Scarbrough said these incidents are examples of why people should stay off the roads during inclement weather.

“It’s not the best time in the world to be sight seeing because you don’t know how experienced people are driving in that type of environment,” Scarbrough said.

He said that not even law enforcement is exempt when it comes to safe driving.

“It’s not the type of weather that we even as law enforcement, are accustomed to working in on a day-to-day basis,” Scarbrough said. “It’s something that’s just as stressful and difficult for us.”

That was the situation in Brundidge, which had an accident that involved a trooper sliding off the road.

Brundidge, like Troy, had very few accidents and no injuries.

“There were very few,” said Brundidge Police Chief Moses Davenport. “Actually I don’t think we had a wreck, just a bunch of people ran of the road a couple times.”

While Troy and Brundidge suffered no injuries as a result of snow-related accidents, things were different around the Alabama State Trooper district, which includes nine counties, and the state.

“Basically, all day Friday we had 265 crashes that we investigated statewide,” said Alabama Trooper Spokesman Kevin Cook. “We had six fatalities statewide Friday and 66 injuries out of those crashes that we investigated.”

Cook said that there was 34 crashes in the state’s 2nd congressional district, which includes Pike, Houston, Henry, Geneva, Coffee, Barbour, Bullock and Dale counties.

Cook said that there were two fatalities in Bullock County involving a 2-year-old and a 4 -year-old.

Cook said people should be extra cautious when traveling in inclement weather.

“I was on the television and radio all day Friday telling people to please slow down,” Cook said. “Buckle up, be alert and pay attention.”

Cook also stressed its harder to break in slick weather conditions.

“They need to pay attention to their braking distance,” Cook said. “It takes you longer to stop if the roads are saturated and slick.”