Slick roads lead to accidents on area roads

Posted at 6:58 PM, Mar 01, 2016

This afternoon the winter weather kept things constant: Cars in ditches, emergency crews responding to accidents, and shutting down lanes.

Around 12:30 p.m. there was an accident at I-43 and Keefe.  Less ten minutes later, another slide-off at I-94 and 30th Street on the city's south side.

Then in another 10 minutes, an accident on I-43 and Oklahoma with ambulances on the scene.

It had a Milwaukee mom worried about trying to go out this afternoon with her sick kid.

"I'm feeling terrified to drive to my daughter's doctor appointment. I mean I don't even know how I am going to get there safely," says Tonisha Johnson.

Tow truck driver Miguel Gonzalez has been helping people all day. He says the worst of the accidents seems to be as people move away from downtown.

"Once you get into those open spots where there is nothing on both sides on the freeway you get that wind that just kind of pushes you over the black ice and into the ditch you go," Gonzalez says.

He's been pulling people out of ditches since 5 a.m. Tuesday morning. He says after noon was when it really picked up. His advice for drivers is to slow down and move over for the tow.

"It gets very stressful, it's very dangerous out there. We try to grin and help everybody," says Miguel Gonzalez.

The control center for the Department of Transportation has been seeing slide-offs all day.

"We've had 203 incidents statewide as of about noon which is 4 times the normal amount on an average Tuesday," says Gina Paige, WisDOT Traffic Operations Information Specialist.

It's been busy in Kenosha County as well. The sheriff's department responded to 30 accidents and 18 cars in ditches. Most of the accidents happened between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

"I think a lot of it is the roads are moist and while some are not snow covered people think I am just going to continue driving the posted speed limit and it ends up getting them in trouble." Paige says.