Quantcast

Treacherous day on the roads across our region - WCAX.COM Local Vermont News, Weather and Sports-

Treacherous day on the roads across our region

Posted: Updated:
WESTFORD, Vt. -

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.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Child car seats in the spotlight

    Child car seats in the spotlight

    Monday, September 15 2014 6:59 PM EDT2014-09-15 22:59:59 GMT
    Car crashes are the number one cause of death for children in the United States, which is why making sure children are buckled up correctly is so important -- unfortunately most are not.
    Car crashes are the number one cause of death for children in the United States, which is why making sure children are buckled up correctly is so important -- unfortunately most are not.
  • Franklin County residents focus on lake pollution

    Franklin County residents focus on lake pollution

    Monday, September 15 2014 6:48 PM EDT2014-09-15 22:48:35 GMT
    A proposal to save Lake Champlain's water quality was dead on arrival last February in the state legislature, but residents in Franklin County are renewing their push for legislation to improve the water.
    A proposal to save Lake Champlain's water quality was dead on arrival last February in the state legislature, but residents in Franklin County are renewing their push for legislation to improve the water.
  • Emily Peyton and Dan Feliciano add voices to the debate

    Emily Peyton and Dan Feliciano add voices to the debate

    Monday, September 15 2014 5:29 PM EDT2014-09-15 21:29:49 GMT

    Two other gubernatorial candidates shared the gazebo with Scott Milne and Gov. Peter Shumlin for Saturday's debate.

    Two other gubernatorial candidates shared the gazebo with Scott Milne and Gov. Peter Shumlin for Saturday's debate.

  • FAHC: The wrong bill is in the mail

    FAHC: The wrong bill is in the mail

    Monday, September 15 2014 4:51 PM EDT2014-09-15 20:51:03 GMT
    The medical center confirms that 3,800 people with last names that start with the letters L through Q, errantly received old bills Monday.
    The medical center confirms that 3,800 people with last names that start with the letters L through Q, errantly received old bills Monday.
  • Sterling College launches $2M fundraising challenge

    Sterling College launches $2M fundraising challenge

    A tiny Vermont college that focuses on environmental stewardship is launching a $2 million fundraising challenge.
    A tiny Vermont college that focuses on environmental stewardship is launching a $2 million fundraising challenge.
  • Dump truck rolls over in Berkshire

    Dump truck rolls over in Berkshire

    Monday, September 15 2014 6:06 PM EDT2014-09-15 22:06:37 GMT
    There was a mess in Berkshire Monday when a dump truck rolled over.
    There was a mess in Berkshire Monday when a dump truck rolled over.
  • 25 fastest growing Vermont businesses honored in South Burlington

    25 fastest growing Vermont businesses honored in South Burlington

    Monday, September 15 2014 11:35 PM EDT2014-09-16 03:35:13 GMT
    From world renowned cheese and maple syrup to companies that run entirely on renewable resources Vermont businesses of all kinds continue to flourish. And there are 25 in particular that are amongst the fastest growing businesses in the state.
    From world renowned cheese and maple syrup to companies that run entirely on renewable resources Vermont businesses of all kinds continue to flourish. And there are 25 in particular that are amongst the fastest growing businesses in the state.
  • Fall hearing could determine fate of Vt. GMO labeling law

    Fall hearing could determine fate of Vt. GMO labeling law

    Monday, September 15 2014 6:51 PM EDT2014-09-15 22:51:09 GMT
    A fall hearing could provide the first clue to the fate of the state's recently-passed GMO labeling law. A group of food producers is suing Vermont over the mandated labeling of some products made with genetically engineered crops by 2016. The legal process is expected to take years, but experts say the first ruling could mirror the final ruling.
    A fall hearing could provide the first clue to the fate of the state's recently-passed GMO labeling law. A group of food producers is suing Vermont over the mandated labeling of some products made with genetically engineered crops by 2016. The legal process is expected to take years, but experts say the first ruling could mirror the final ruling.
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WCAX. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.