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Icy roads lead to multiple accidents

January 22, 2011

Photo By MATT WUNSCH While local public works did their best to deal with the icy conditions on Tuesday, slick roads contributed to 19 reported motor vehicle accidents on Tuesday.

SOUTH KINGSTOWN/NARRAGANSETT – As snow and sleet hailed down on Rhode Island Tuesday morning, travel slowed and cars slipped, causing 19 motor vehicle accidents in South Kingstown and four in Narragansett. There were no serious injuries.
The four Narragansett accidents occurred in the center of the town according to police, near Mumford Road, Highland Avenue and South Pier Road.

Nineteen motor vehicle accidents occurred in South Kingstown due to the icy, slushy roads according to Capt. Jeffrey Allen of the South Kingstown police. He said police also received many calls of cars being stuck on the icy roads.

“We had some icy conditions this morning when the rain came. Temperatures were low and the roads were turning to ice around rush hour at 7 o'clock,” Jon Schock, director of public services said.

To combat the icy conditions and heavy precipitation, Schock said the town began sanding and salting early in the morning and draining the storm drains with assistance from the Highway Division.

Schock said the most difficult task will be draining the storm drains, because the snow from last week's storm is impounding the storm drains.
“The rain is usually shed off the road to a low point, but the snow is made into embankments on each side of the road, impounding the water in the road,” Schock said.

For more information pick up a copy of The Narragansett Times.

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