Sunday, Mar 9, 2014
Sunday Snow Storm Slows Interstate Travel
JEFFERSON COUNTY -- Sunday's snow storm made for a tough travel day for drivers on Interstate 57.
"You couldn't see the road," said I-57 traveler Craig Aaron.
"There were cars in ditches everywhere," said driver Sheri Nichols. "But no snow plows!"
Snow and sleet began falling late Sunday morning. The storm collected on roadways for hours and caused treacherous conditions.
"It's really icy," said West Frankfort resident Cory Peacock. "I kind of lost control. I was going probably a little too fast for conditions."
He says the conditions forced him to drive off an exit ramp at nearly 60 miles an hour.
"I came up off the ramp and pretty much just kept going straight into the ditch," said Peacock. "I thought when I hit that I was going to roll, but i didn't. It just kind of fell."
His accident was just one of several on Sunday. IDOT crews spent most of the afternoon clearing roadways, but with little letup from the storm, snow plows had trouble keeping up.
"There were white-out conditions for a lot of the day," said Aaron.
He spent Sunday traveling from St. Louis to Alabama. It's a six-hour drive in normal conditions, but not on Sunday.
"They were pretty snowbound,' explained Aaron. "One lane pretty much on all the highways going about 30 miles per hour was about the maximum speed we could get."
Interstate 57 wasn't the only problem.
"We got on 64 and that was a mess, too," said Nichols.
She saw more than a dozen accidents along Interstate 64. She says she's fortunate she and her husband were able to make the trip safely.
"I would say at least 20," explained Nichols. "We saw one car spin out right in front of us."
Wind: 6 MPH
Humidity: 86 %