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Wrecking crews get breather as accidents dwindle

Several trucks stalled on the state line Thursday after failing to negotiate icy roads. Several trucks stalled on the state line Thursday after failing to negotiate icy roads.
LIMESTONE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

In Limestone County, wrecker services began to get a break Thursday afternoon after clearing many roads of snow and ice. Countless accidents put dings in body work, and slick roads sent other cars into ditches.

I-65 near the state line was a traffic nightmare Thursday morning after some big trucks couldn't make it up steep inclines in the southbound lanes

Authorities said they responded to many minor traffic accidents, but nothing major. One wrecker crew said they started about 4p.m. Wednesday when the snow started coming down and didn't stop until noon Thursday. Berzett Wrecker Service said not only did they have to tow people out, but they also had to help several drivers get up some of the hills and higher elevations because conditions worsened so quickly.

They described the past 24 hours as non-stop. "Anytime you have ice on the road, you're going to have accidents. We're pulling them out of the ditches everywhere. You name it and we've been pulling them out of the ditches. It's just been one right after another," said Barry Tate.

Many man-hours went into clearing streets. Officials said the plan called for clearing primary roads first, and then moving on to secondary roads. Around noon, most of the ice on the streets turned to slush. Athens road crews plowed the streets and then cleaned up the mess.

Thursday was the third straight day the crews have worked. Earlier this week, the streets turned to ice and police had to help push people up Highway 72 near the Walmart. Drivers said Thursday they knew the roads would be bad, but had no idea how bad until they saw other vehicles having trouble.

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