Area drivers get rude reminder of winter road conditionsFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - We are finally getting a break from slipping and sliding on the slick streets after the first snow of the season caught some of us by surprise. Here's the unbelievable breakdown. In just Fargo, police responded to 45 property crashes and 4 injury related crashes. This all since 10 this morning.
By: Travis Skonseng, WDAY
We are finally getting a break from slipping and sliding on the slick streets after the first snow of the season caught some of us by surprise. Here's the unbelievable breakdown. In just Fargo, police responded to 45 property crashes and 4 injury related crashes. This all since 10 this morning.
Roads are definitely a lot safer, but drivers are still facing a few slick spots. This is much different than from the morning until mid-afternoon, when the surprise snow fell.
Jodi Langlie – Crash Victim: “I was being careful all day.”
With a baby in the backseat, Jodi Langlie knows how to take it slow on the roads.
Jodi Langlie: “I was going maybe 10 or 15 miles and I just hit the corner and it just swung me around and I hit the fire hydrant.”
But even this unsettling snowfall is enough to catch the watchful woman off guard.
Jodi Langlie: “You don't realize how slippery it is or anything like that until you hit a fire hydrant like I did.”
No matter where you turned you couldn't miss seeing someone suddenly slide on-or should I say off-the icy streets. Some of us, more fortunate than others.
Matt Niemeyer – Fargo Police Officer: “It seems like it's pretty safe in one spot and it can get really slippery real quick.”
Fargo Police barely could keep up. There were ten crashes alone over the lunch hour.
Matt Niemeyer: “Now we're getting to the part of year where we need to slow down and be more defensive anticipating the ice.”
As soon as it began, it seemed to end. After about three hours of non-stop snowfall, the crash count crashed.
Jodi Langlie: “We all get into accidents and it all happens to us.”
Knowing that, Jodi Langlie isn't like most crashers. She's a bit optimistic, still smiling that she and her child escaped unharmed, unlike other on the icy roads.
Jodi Langlie: “I'm a little upset about my car but it's fixable, hopefully.”
Not only do many of those drivers have to pay for repairs, but some are footing hefty fines. You can be cited for care required or not having your vehicle under control. That's the case for Jodi Langlie, who now has to pay a $30 fine.
Of course with the first few snowfalls, come reminders. Safety tips we so commonly hear, but too often forget with winter weather. Drivers are urged to be aware of their surroundings. If you see another vehicle slide, you can react and possibly avoid a crash. Leave more room between vehicles, allow more time to get to where you are going, and lastly, slow down.