Wise County sees worst of iced-over roads, but few injuries



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Posted on February 3, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 3 at 2:17 PM

DECATUR -- Road conditions have improved in Wise County, but law enforcement wants to remind drivers we're not in the clear just yet.

"There were a lot of accidents yesterday and last night, and there were very few people that were injured," said Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins Monday morning.

Hoskins believes many drivers stayed home after seeing snowfall Sunday afternoon.

"Either they were slowing down, or somebody was looking after some people," Hoskins said.

His officers responded to four weather-related crashes in a twelve-hour period spanning Sunday night to Monday morning.

Cheif Hoskins called the weather an "inconvenience," but said it was hardly the worst storm he has scene in his three-decade run as the city's top cop.

Meanwhile, many drivers heeded the warning of law enforcement and stayed home Monday. Carson Elementary School was one of several schools to cancel classes because of weather.

"I guess we don't know how to drive on these roads because we don't have it that often," said Kim Chambers while working at her family's tire shop.

Chambers was fully staffed Monday morning to service vehicles banged up on the roadway -- customers that didn't come.

"I thought we would have more people in with tire issues than we have so far," she said.

Business turned out to be slow for Chambers, which she interprets as good news for drivers who safely navigated the dangerous roadways.

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