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First Responders Working Overtime to Assist Motorists

11:52 PM, Jan 29, 2014   |    comments
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TRIAD, N.C. -- Officers, deputies and state troopers have been working around the clock to help wherever they're needed, as cars slip and slide on the road.

Ever since the first flakes started falling, first responders have been rushing from call to call. But it's not just car crashes keeping them busy.

It's been a hectic couple days for the State Highway Patrol. "Last night we did have some extra troopers working the road to try to clear calls as quickly as possible, but even with that extra man power, we had several calls pending at one time," said Trooper DM Keys.

Troopers don't just respond to car wrecks. On Wednesday night, they had another emergency:  a train vs semi crash in Colfax. "It adds to the collisions we already have pending due to the weather but that's just something we have to deal with," said Key.

Investigators say the truck driver drove onto the tracks, just as a train was passing. The driver was fortunate. Only his hand was injured.

Troopers investigated for hours, measured the scene and filed a report. A busy night that just keeps getting busier. "At times you do get tired," said Key. "If you do have a wreck in this weather, try to be patient with us. We'll get to it as soon as we can."

Highway Patrol says if you are in a collision, but your vehicle is still drivable, move it out of the roadway to a safe location.

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