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Published December 14, 2011, 07:10 PM

Slick Roads Slow Traffic, Cause Crashes in Region

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Roads were icy Wednesday in much of our region. Slippery road conditions caused some slow-moving traffic and scores of accidents.

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Roads were icy Wednesday in much of our region.

Slippery road conditions caused some slow-moving traffic and scores of accidents.

Fog and freezing drizzle formed a glaze over area roads.

This is the time of year both police and doctors see more injuries because of the weather.

There was a lot of slipping and sliding Wednesday morning as people like Devin Vohland and Mandee Zerr ventured out on to what seemed to be an ice rink.

"I was on my way to Walmart and I slipped on my bike a little bit you know so I was kind of like 'Oh no,'" Vohland said.

"Like this little ice, people don't think it's bad but it can get bad pretty fast," Zerr said.

Icy patches on roads caused fender benders and smaller accidents in and around Grand Forks. North of Fargo, a semi rolled off I-29.

"Everybody's not from around here, they're not used to the snow or ice so you gotta just kind of take that into consideration and know what they're going to be like," Zerr said.

This is the time of year when the Grand Forks Police Department and Sanford Health see an increase in accidents causing injuries.

"Every winter, we see numerous accidents from the ice. Wrist fractures, hip fractures are the most common things we see," Sanford doctor Mark Berntson said.

There are some things you can do to stay safe when venturing out on days like Wednesday.

"Proceed very slowly, allow additional time to get to your destination, maintain a safe distance between the vehicle ahead of you," Grand Forks police Lt. Grant Schiller said.

"If somebody offers you an arm, take it. Use the buddy system, hang onto somebody, wear rubber-soled shoes, ice joggers whatever it takes," Berntson said.

Although slippery conditions can be stressful, people like Vohland make the best of the situation.

"We were out there sliding just for fun you know," Vohland said.

Whether you are walking or driving in icy conditions, you should allow extra time to get to where you are going.

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