Slick conditions cause crashes, delays in Omaha
OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - The weather was to blame for several crashes throughout the Omaha-metro area Sunday evening into Monday morning.
As the snow began to fall Sunday evening a couple of cars were involved in a crash near 78th and Blondo streets. Police diverted traffic, and no injuries were reported.
Into the early morning, the slick conditions caused another accident near 75th and Pacific. A car slid right into a fire hydrant.
A semi-truck overturned on 132nd and Dodge around 5:30 a.m., which caused backups for more than an hour.
Police were on scene diverting traffic and no injuries were immediately reported.
A crash was reported around 7 a.m. on Interstate 680 Southbound to Interstate 80 eastbound. Three vehicles were involved and no report on injuries yet.
Around 9 a.m. this morning, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office announces the suspension of non-injury accident responses due to the high amount reported.
Several trash services throughout the metro have also been delayed by a day due to the snowfall, details can be found here.
Highway superintendent Jim Laughlin says this was a good storm to run equipment in preparations for winter.
“It’s a good storm to take our equipment out. We last took the equipment out about a month ago in trying to prepare for winter, but you can’t really prepare until you actually take it out and run it. So, this is a good storm for that,” said Laughlin.
According to Chief Meteorologist Rusty Lord, Monday morning was a tied record low of 21 degrees, and although the tail end of the snow showers has moved out, the cold will stick around for the day.
WOWT caught up with some drivers to get their takes on the morning commute.
Terrell Coleman is a plow driver in Omaha. He said the conditions monday morning were “rough.”
“I avoided the interstate like the plague – or like COVID I guess – I was busy moving parking lots of snow so I was pretty lucky with that," he said.
Lisa Maynard is a semi driver from Fort Worth, Texas where they only get snow maybe once a year.
She described the issue she faced from today’s weather.
“This morning as we pulled into our little bay to unload, I was slipping and sliding quite a bit. It was a little scary. I’m a new truck driver too so bit of an adventure and a challenge," she said.
She went to talk about semi trucks with heavier loads fare a little better in snowy weather, but all will face the same problem spots.
“Getting up onto a ramp to enter a freeway is gonna be a little different, so we’re just gonna drive slower."
Officials recommend, taking your time on the roads and continue to be prepared for slick conditions.
Partially and completely covered roads across the Metro area right now, according to NDOT and IDOT. Watch bridges, overpasses, and ramps the most. Secondary roads are all completely covered at this time. @wowt6news #FirstAlertTraffic pic.twitter.com/Z61brEyJh9— Clay Ostarly (@ClayOstarly) October 26, 2020
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