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Tri-Cities Snow Accidents

TRI-CITIES, Wash. - Snowy roads on Saturday morning in the Tri-Cities kept Washington State Troopers extra busy.  Tri-City Troopers responded 15 to 20 accidents calls Saturday morning.

Trooper Jason Davis said people need to be careful when they drive on snowy or slushy roads. He said, "It's not the fault of the snow."

Troopers arrived near the Road 100 exit ramp off I-182 in Pasco at 9:30 Saturday morning and found a truck flipped over.

The vehicle was towed and the driver was not seriously hurt but troopers said this is all too common when the roads are slushy.

Davis said, "When the weather is bad the speed limit is too fast for the conditions."

Trooper Davis compared driving in the snow to walking on glass with no shoes on.  He said, "If you know your every step is potentially going to hurt while every time you change directions or momentum it could essentially send you off the road."

He recommended that drivers change lanes slowly and gradually use the brakes.   

Davis said, "Four wheel drive doesn't give you a license to go faster than everyone else.  In fact many of the cars that we investigate are four wheel drives with four wheel drive in gear working."