Slick Roads Cause Numerous Accidents and Slide-Offs on US 20


ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- The snow and cold caused some major problems for drivers on Wednesday. Troopers with the Illinois State Police responded to dozens of calls all day long.

Stuck in a ditch on the side of US 20. Not quite the way John Matyasik and his wife wanted to start off the new year.

"The car in front of me started swerving and as soon as he started spinning around I applied the brakes to avoid him and all of a sudden I started spinning and spun out."

The Matyasik's are not alone. Despite troopers efforts to warn drivers of slick roads ahead, accidents and spin outs were common.
"It’s horrible," driver Adrian Martinez, said.

Martinez got his truck stuck in the median on Bypass 20 between Rt. 251 and Alpine Road, a particularly slick area.

"I just lost control and now my truck is in a ditch," Martinez said.

In less than 30 minutes, four others cars spun out in that same spot and three others were involved in accidents, frustrating and even angering some drivers.

Troopers’ main job: Helping the stranded drivers and trying to prevent more accidents. They say its all common sense, take it slow and leave extra room between your car and the one in front of you. Advice the Matyasik's are taking to heart.

"I see cars coming up here now, right on someone's tails. The same thing could happen or it could be worse where somebody hits somebody and someone gets hurt," Matyasik, said.

Troopers were also reporting a number of accidents on I-39 as well.


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