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KENNEWICK, Wash.— Drivers seem to be swerving all over the place on the icy roads and many scary moments behind the wheel are ending in wrecks.

Auto repair shops are seeing big business since the first snowfall and more is expected to come. The owner of Riverside Collision in Kennewick says they are up 50% to 75% in estimates.

"People are going to keep the cars at home. They gave up driving after the accident or they don't want to go back into it so once the snow breaks, things thaw out, they'll be coming in for estimates. I'm going to guess Monday morning is going to be pretty exciting," says Michael McKinney, Owner of Riverside Collision.

Since Sunday night the Tri-Cities has been hit with 487 accidents. Pasco had 51 accidents, there were 84 in Richland, Kennewick had 112. Highways and freeways had 240 accidents.

McKinney says so far he's mostly been working on fender benders. However, once insurance companies wrap up paperwork, he says, the cars with major damage will start coming in for repair.

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