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Icy roads slow down thousands of Vermonters

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A dangerously slick commute caused crashes and closures on the roads. Traffic was at a standstill throughout the morning on several highways, including Interstate 89.

The good news is traffic is flowing once again freely in most spots, but some of the damage has been left behind.

There were various crashes including one just off the I-89 off-ramp in Montpelier. Police say two people had to be taken to the hospital with injuries and their conditions are unknown right now.

Out on Interstate 89 traffic was routed down the Exit 9 off-ramp as state police blocked the nearby overpass.

A pickup truck was seen in the median just beyond that closure. Traffic continuing south remained backed up for hours.

Route 2 through Marshfield saw heavy traffic as did 110 in Chelsea.

In the Northeast Kingdom, I-91 was blocked and at a standstill in both directions in Sheffield Heights.

There was also a crash that caused the closure of Route 4 in Bridgewater. Drivers dealt with long lines and short patience.

"Just icy and slush. Lots of slush. I was pulling over to the side of the road, and people were kind of all over the road. And going too fast, not really driving with the road conditions," said Ryley Mangan.

"It really messed up it up. We took about 1,000 stops with just my section of the routes, and dropped it down to maybe a couple hundred which makes for tomorrow, it's going to be even worse. We're in peak season, and we can't afford to have this," said Dustin Montoya, FedEx driver.

VTrans crews were out but had to deal with continuous rainfall in many spots. Police were also overwhelmed at times as calls poured in.

They are asking drivers to stay at their homes or businesses if local conditions are still poor.

The morning's winter weather also caused some school delays and cancellations.

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