Morning Commute Peppered With Accidents

The morning commute in the metro proved to be an exercise in unintended motion. Slick streets spawned a slew of traffic accidents.

Crash reports lit up police radios from downtown to midtown; from Sarpy County to West Omaha and Valley.

Eastbound Highway 275, at West Maple Road near Waterloo, was a slippery stretch on Thursday morning but there were no serious injuries.

That was just the beginning. Douglas County 911 sent out several Tweets within 40 minutes of accidents all happening around the same time, throughout the county. They included one at 114th and Dodge involving two vehicles and another near 144th and Fort around 9 o'clock.

Sgt. Tucker Wheeler, with the Douglas County Sheriff’s office said, “The common thread is just the time of the year; the temperatures. You have the perfect storm if you will with the wet roads and then the freezing."

Other accidents clogged city streets across Omaha. West Dodge traffic was at a standstill at the start of the morning rush. A serious crash happened near 42nd and O. Two people were taken to the hospital. The driver had serious injuries and the second victim was in critical condition.

Two buses collided near 50th and l. There were no injuries but it was another major road slowed by a crash.

Jeff Hayduk is in charge of eight drivers who remove snow but their big job on Thursday was clearing the grime from windshields to improve vision.

Hayduk, the foreman of Grass Roots Lawn and Landscape said, "I see a lot of people driving around with their windshields dirty. You can't clean them off because either the windshield wipers don't work or they are out of fluid. Yeah, I see a lot of that."

Sgt. Wheeler said the accident rate can escalate easily at this time of year because of the changing weather and road conditions.

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