[UPDATE] Icy Roads Cause Traffic Pileups

By: AP
By: AP

Atlanta, GA (AP) - Icy roads led to the closing of some schools and
delays in opening others in the Atlanta area and north Georgia, but
warmer weather moved in and conditions improved.

Light rain fell Wednesday and evening and overnight temperatures
hovered around 30, leading to many highway accidents.

State Department of Transportation officials told radio station
WGST that the icy weather arrived hours sooner than expected,
leaving roads untreated as drivers headed home Wednesday evening.

DOT spokesman David Spear says the department will conduct a
review of its response to the bad weather.

Hundreds of crashes were reported Wednesday night and early
Thursday. Some roads were closed, interstate exit ramps were
blocked and in some areas, motorists abandoned their vehicles and
walked instead.

In Atlanta, police said roads were back to normal by midday


Atlanta, GA (AP) - Icy roads are causing hundreds of accidents
around the metro-Atlanta area.

In Atlanta, police are reporting 81 crashes Wednesday night. A
five-car pileup on I-285 had lanes on the busy interstate closed.

In Gwinnett County, officials reported life-threatening injuries
after a crash in Dacula.

In Cherokee County, authorities say 173 accidents have occurred
since 4 p.m.

Wrecks were also reported throughout North Georgia.

Officials with the state Department of Transportation urged
drivers to use caution. They said DOT crews are responding as best
as possible but conditions are expected to remain treacherous at
least through midnight and possibly into the Thursday morning

Bridges, overpasses and other elevated structures remain
particularly dangerous.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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