Road Conditions Could Get Worse Overnight Tuesday

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By Brittany Bivins

Tuesday night, all roads in the City of Montgomery are closed except for emergency travel. Still, state troopers say they've seen drivers on the road all day, making unnecessary trips. They say that's causing more crashes and they want you to stay off the roads tonight and tomorrow morning.

On Tuesday, state troopers say they saw too many crashes to count. "It's not the snow. It's the ice that forms on the roadway and bridges, and you won't see it until it's too late," said Sgt. Steve Jarrett with Alabama State Troopers.

On Tuesday, crews were out to sand the roadways, but Wednesday morning, troopers expect road conditions to be much worse.

"As the traffic slows down, those bridges and low-lying areas are likely going to freeze, and those motorists that get out first in the morning, they're likely going to find those dangerous areas and likely crash, and hopefully they won't get hurt or killed," Sgt. Jarrett said.

That danger kept Randy Hays and his family off the road.

"Well, we're just walking, going to the store, our rides don't want to pick us up, it's so cold outside and bad weather, snow. It's not safe to drive," he said.

The Alabama Department of Transportation's website, tracking road conditions, got so many visitors, the site slowed down. You can still call their emergency number for information on road conditions, but some drivers say they're not risking driving.

"It's very dangerous. I wouldn't. If I was anybody, I wouldn't," Kala Haney said.

"No, I ain't used to it. I ain't used to the snow in Alabama like that," said Joshua Edwards. "I saw a truck on the interstate, spin all the way around over there, so I'm gonna take it home to the house," he said.

That is exactly what troopers say you should do.

"Well, it's life or death. People are getting killed, and you, know that's the thing we're trying to prevent," Sgt. Jarrett said.

If you need to report a dangerous road condition, you can call the Department of Transportation's Emergency Call Center at 888-588-2848.
 

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