The Times West Virginian


January 22, 2014

Drivers, pedestrians endure difficulties

FAIRMONT — The snow came down almost continuously Tuesday.

The quickly accumulating snow fall covered the roads, creating dangerous driving conditions throughout the day. With most sidewalks still covered with snow throughout the afternoon, pedestrians also had some difficulties going about their day.

According to Shawn Teets, lieutenant at Marion County 911, by 5 p.m. Tuesday there were 15 vehicle accidents.

“There were also 14 cars stuck because of the weather that needed assistance to get moving again,” Teets said.

Tuesday, a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Berkeley Street at around 3:30 p.m., and was transported to Ruby Memorial Hospital, though Teets said he did not know if the accident was weather related.

The cold weather is set to continue, with a low of -1 forecast for overnight.

Teets said this could make driving conditions challenging this morning as well.

“The snow turned to slush, but tonight it will freeze again, so it will be an issue,” Teets said Tuesday.

Teets recommended that drivers continue to exercise caution.

“We definitely recommend staying off the roads if at all possible,” Teets said. “If you do have to go out, just use caution. Take your time, and try to keep a safe distance with the cars you’re following.”

Teets also said to be careful to avoid sudden starts and stops.

“It’s normally better to maintain a regular speed, rather than speeding up and slowing down. When you’re going down hills, just try not to over-brake. It’s usually better to tap your brakes rather than applying constant pressure,” Teets said.

Pedestrians should also be cautious, Teets said.

“Even if the crosswalk is marked with a crossing light, you still have to take into account that cars may lose control when they’re trying to stop,” Teets said. “We’ve had a lot of cars that have been sliding throughout the day.”

Teets also recommended that pedestrians bundle up with thick layers of clothing.

Email Colleen S. Good at or follow her on Twitter @CSGoodTWV.

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