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Slippery roads send vehicles skidding across Vt.

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Interstate 91 in Springfield Interstate 91 in Springfield
MIDDLESEX, Vt. -

Reina Dean knows Vermont's roads. She's plowed them for the Vermont Transportation Agency over the last eight years.

"It's a lot of fun, different adventure every day," she said.

On Tuesday, her adventure started at 3 a.m. in Middlesex and will end at 8 p.m.

"We haven't had a lot of big storms, so this is a bigger one this year," said Scott Rogers of VTrans.

VTrans says many of its drivers will be working 16-hour shifts trying to keep up with the late-season storm.

"This is a marathon storm, not a sprint where you get a heavy dumping and it's done. It's dragging out over a 24-30 hour period," Rogers said.

Heavy snow has fallen in some parts, others have seen much less-- but it's not over yet. Slippery roads caused several tractor-trailers to jackknife Tuesday. A truck blocked Interstate 89 northbound in Waterbury south of exit 10, delaying traffic. A big rig crash also caused backups on Interstate 91 in Springfield. That accident trapped the driver in the wreckage.

"The operator was stuck inside. He was unable to get out on his own because the tractor was tipped on its side," Vt. State Trooper Timothy Gould said.

Fortunately, crews got him out. He was not hurt.

VTrans crews are busy and they've been busy all winter with smaller storms.

"This year we had a $69 million budget. So, we were expecting to spend $23 million on winter maintenance; we've exceeded that this year. We're at $23.5 million as of yesterday before this storm, so we're going to spend more than we planned," Rogers said.

And for Dean, she's hoping this fierce storm on the final full day of winter is the last she'll deal with this season.

"I love plowing, I love the snow, but it's getting to the end-- I'm ready," she said.

In addition to the tractor-trailer accidents on interstates 89 and 91, trucks also had trouble on Route 100, Route 103 and Route 9. You can find details below.

WATERBURY

A tractor-trailer jackknifed on Interstate 89 Tuesday afternoon, blocking northbound traffic. It happened in Waterbury, just south of exit 10. The crash caused long delays as traffic was detoured around the crash.

The road has since reopened.

And there was a second tractor-trailer accident in Waterbury. Police say it was on Route 100 on Chutesville Hill (the chain saw carver's shop). That crash also caused delays until crews could clear the scene.

The road has since reopened.

SPRINGFIELD

A tractor-trailer accident caused traffic backups on Interstate 91 in Springfield. It happened by exit 7 northbound.

Police say the truck was headed north when the driver lost control and hit a guardrail on the median side of the road. The truck then crossed both northbound lanes, went off the road and struck an embankment, causing the truck to roll on its side.

The driver was not injured, but the fire department had to extricate him from his truck.

The highway was reduced to one lane as crews worked to right the truck.

The road has since reopened.

EAST WALLINGFORD

Vermont State Police say a jackknifed tractor-trailer blocked part of Route 103 Tuesday afternoon. The accident was in the area of East Wallingford and Shunpike Rd. Traffic was detoured while crews worked to clear the accident.

The road has since reopened.

MARLBORO

Police say Route 9 in Marlboro will be closed Wednesday morning to remove a tractor-trailer that got stuck there Tuesday.

The truck was headed west during a snowstorm when the driver said he swerved to avoid an out-of-control eastbound vehicle, and the truck went in the ditch. The driver was not injured.

The truck was left leaning to one side, and towing and VTrans workers decided that due to the poor weather conditions, it would be best to wait until Wednesday to pull the truck out. The truck will be removed Wednesday at about 9 a.m. Police say Route 9 in the vicinity of Adams Cross Road will be closed for 1-2 hours at that time. Police warn the only potential detours around the area are dirt roads that may not be suitable for heavy traffic and that will not accommodate commercial motor vehicle traffic.

Several other tractor-trailers got stuck in that same area early Tuesday afternoon. Police say all the others were able to get back under way with assistance from VTrans workers.

BRATTLEBORO

Vermont State Police say Route 9 in Brattleboro has reopened after a jackknifed tractor-trailer was removed from the road. The truck blocked both east and westbound lanes of the road Tuesday morning and there were no readily available alternative routes around the accident scene.

Police said a heavy-duty wrecker cleared the truck from the road shortly before noon. A dispatcher said it was snowing heavily at the time of the accident.

Vermont State Police urged all tractor-trailer unit drivers not to use Route 9 from Brattleboro to Bennington due to road conditions. Drivers were encouraged to take alternate routes, including Interstate 91 to Interstate 90 in Mass.

Vermont State Police urged all drivers to use extreme caution when navigating the snowy roads across the state.

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