Scores of crashes blamed on slick roads

January 20, 2009 5:03:34 AM PST
Delaware State Police say slick highways contributed to nearly 170 crashes and one fatality in a 26-hour period between Sunday morning and Monday morning. State transportation department spokesman Jim Westhoff says crews treated the roads before dawn on Sunday and were sent home when the weather cleared. They were recalled at 5:30 p.m. but did not get on the roads until 6 p.m., as roads and bridges were icing up.

Nearly two dozen crashes forced the closure of I-495 near Wilmington.

A 26-year-old Georgetown man was killed early Monday morning in a one-car crash near Harbeson on Route 9 west of Hudson Road. David Rowe was killed when his car went off the road and hit a tree. The accident was blamed on snowy conditions.

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Information from: The (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal, http://www.delawareonline.com

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