Icy conditions lead to slip-and-fall accidents in New Jersey

TRENTON, N.J. (WPVI) -- Icy conditions led to treacherous conditions in many New Jersey communities Monday morning.

"It's not safe out here," said Brenda Green of Trenton. "It's very, very slippery. You have to walk like you are ice-skating."

What a morning! In Maple Shade, a multi-vehicle crash shut down Route 73 North near Stiles Ave. just after 8:00 a.m. Monday.

Officials say icy roads lead to the accident. Two people suffered minor injuries in the crash.

Slippery roads and sidewalks meant the emergency room at Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton was busy handling injuries related to the icy weather.

"We're getting everything from sprained knees to fractured ankles to fractured arms to mild concussions to stitches," said ER Nurse Manager Phyllis O'Neill.

"My dad was working on the driveway this morning," said Mo Cao of Lawrenceville, "and he slipped on the black ice. He didn't see it, and he fell and twisted his left ankle."

Whether you were behind the wheel or walking it was treacherous in spots.

If the sidewalks and roads are sanded, you've got a better chance of moving around without incident.

But the ice was too dangerous at the Tacony Palmyra Bridge, where the pedestrian walkway was closed because it was too slippery.

"I've seen a couple other people slip by the train station doing a little dance," said Edward Ratliff of New Brunswick. "They didn't fall to the ground, but they did a little jig on the sidewalk and caught themselves."

"It's a little slippery, but the sidewalks haven't been bad," said Cheryl Tantillo of Howell. "The roads, I-195, that was a little on the slippery side. But you just had to reduce your speed and everything was fine."

Officials continued to urge caution to anyone heading out by car or by foot Monday.
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