Winnebago: 68 Crashes Reported in 5 Hours - WBAY

Winnebago: 68 Crashes Reported in 5 Hours

Winnebago County -

With dozens of drivers sliding off the roads, places like Winnebago County saw the majority of accidents especially on Highway 41.

A light dusting of snow, frigid temperatures and poor visibilities made for tricky travel in Winnebago County Wednesday on major roads including Highway 41.

Since about 6:30 a.m., the Winnebago County Sheriff's office reported more than 68 crashes in a five hour period this morning.

Among the crashes was one involving semi that lost control and then dumped its fuel on Highway 41 near the Highway 26 overpass.

Sheriff John Matz says in his 25 years with the county, this was the worst he's seen.

"In my 25 years here, I think this was the worst short-time frame of calls for service, specifically on highway 41," he said.

He says most drivers couldn't see how slick the roads were.

"The road would look fine, they would see lights ahead, they'd move through the crash scene, but then they would accelerate to high speeds and we would end up with more crashes," he added.

Highway officials say pavement temperatures ranged from 4 to 6 degrees.  With those frigid conditions, the county highway commissioner says the treatment didn't work how it normally does.

Winnebago County Highway Commissioner Ernest Winters says "We've been working since about 4 this morning. We've been salting as much as we can. And, the problem isn't that it isn't working at all, it just doesn't work for very long."

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