The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office reports the big snow storm slowed driving and put some people in the ditch, but overall traffic accidents from slippery roads were not too bad.

Deputy Rob McCall said the department was real busy around shift change at 4:00 p.m.

“The deputies that were coming on the evening shift were almost immediately called to vehicles in ditches and problems such as that,” said McCall. “One of the more severe accidents occurred at Oconee where a van lost control on the slick road and landed on its side.”

McCall said the driver of that van was transported to the hospital in Pana and treated for a possible broken wrist and rib. No report on the injuries was available at press time.

McCall went on to say that really outside of a couple of vehicles in the ditch, things were pretty quiet, except for the power outage.

“That was our main problem last night, the power off,” McCall continued. “The sheriff’s office received a lot of calls from people in the county about the power being off.”

McCall said most power outages were from 6:00 p.m. until around 8:00 p.m. when power was restored.

McCall said his advise for today is leave early, drive slow and arrive safe, because the roads are still slick and if the wind picks up this afternoon, visibility will go bad also.

Sheriff Randy Sims said with this snow Thursday being our second snow of the year, and usually it is the first snow where most people slid into the ditches.

“I would like to commend the drivers, it seemed like people slowed down and took their time,” said Sims. “Overall it was a pretty good night.”

Sims said it got pretty bad after dark and the winds picked up and started to drift the roads closed.

“I think we were very fortunate that we didn’t have any more accidents than we did,” continued Sims. “Hopefully drivers will continue to slow down over the next couple of days because the sideroads are still slick and snow packed.”

Sims went on to say the weather is suppose to warm up over the next couple of days and most of this snow should melt off.

Sims suggested slowing down to about 40-45 mph instead of 55-65 and you should not have problems.

“I see now the sun is out, and that will let the salt start to work and I think really the biggest part of it will be gone by this evening,” said Sims.

Sims suggests drivers keep a close eye out for the snow plows.

“Snow plows are not going near as fast as the drivers are, and sometimes they are pretty easy to run into,” said Sims.

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