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Slippery Roads Cause Many Accidents Submitted: 03/30/2013
Story By Shardaa Gray


ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - A wintery start to Easter weekend.

Mother nature reminded us just how volitale she can be.

Roads were slippery this morning across the Northwoods.

From Crandon to Minocqua, cars spun off the roads.

There were numerous accidents on highway 47.

We caught up with a tow truck driver helping someone out of a ditch.

"A lot of winch outs, a lot of people sliding off the roads," said Custom Collision Tow Truch Driver, Ray Lapuma.

"I know it's easter, everybody is rushing to get to their families, but you have to slow it down or they won't make it to their families."

The Rhinelander police department says people should realize that if you're slipping on the side walks, then the roads are slippery as well.

"When you approach the stop sign be sure to give yourself extra space. Test the roads a little bit to make sure you're not going to be slipping and sliding through the intersection," Rhinelander Police Sergeant Kurt Helke said.

"Give yourself ample time when you're leaving for an appointment or if you're going somewhere be sure to give yourself enough time that you're going to need to drive a little bit slower."

There were no reports of any serious injuries.

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