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Treacherous day on the roads across our region

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It's been another treacherous day on the roads across our region. Crews have been working around the clock but they've also been faced with challenges of their own.

"Roads here are just nothing but a sheet of ice. We've had a couple cars just collide here and a couple go off the road," said Westford Fire Chief Randy Botala.

In some regions of the state, the rain caused many setbacks since it began early Saturday morning.

Like this scene on Route 128 in Westford. Cars off the road due to icy conditions. 7 vehicles were impacted by the incident after 2 cars collided. Luckily no one was injured.

"When the rain first started coming in it was rather light and again, pavement temperatures being cold, it was freezing on impact," said David Black more of the Vermont Transportation Agency.

Several roads were shut down due to dangerous driving conditions. Interstate 89 was closed between exits 10 and 11. Route 2 and Route 100 were at a standstill Saturday morning. A section Interstate 87 in New York was also closed for a period of time Saturday.

"It was a result of some vehicles going off the roads. A truck going off the road and tying the lanes up, we couldn't get through," Blackmore said.

VTrans crews also had difficulty dealing with ice build up. Trucks went off the road in Randolph and Jeffersonville. Officials were asking everyone to stay off the roads unless travel was absolutely necessary.  

"If folks are traveling, make sure they allow more time, especially giving themselves more traveling distance between one another and really be careful with elevations and valleys," Blackmore said.

In Westford, drivers and police took matters into their own hands shoveling sand on the slick roadway. And while conditions improved throughout the day Saturday, more wintry weather could continue to plague travelers on the roads throughout the region.

VTrans is asking anyone who comes across dangerous road conditions to report them immediately.

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