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For immediate release:  

Thursday, January 7, 2010  


Des Moines, IOWA --- The Iowa Department of Public Safety's Iowa State Patrol Division (ISP) is responding to accidents and calls for motorist assists during this latest winter storm in Iowa. Travel conditions are extremely dangerous and travel is not recommended in the western half of Iowa or in the Des Moines metro area.  Roads in the eastern part of the state are 100% snow/ice covered. Blowing snow is causing white-out conditions and while the pavement may look normal in some places, many motorists are encountering black ice.

Colonel Patrick Hoye, Chief of the Iowa State Patrol says, “Many drivers don’t realize the dangers of black ice until it’s too late.   Black ice is one of the most dangerous conditions drivers can encounter. It’s often invisible and can easily form on highways, bridges and overpasses. If you don’t have to travel today, I advise Iowans to stay off the roads.”

Preliminary numbers indicate State Troopers responded to 16 accidents in Iowa between midnight and 10:00 a.m. today.  Two people have died in weather related collisions.  The first death occurred late Wednesday on Interstate 80/35 near 2nd Avenue in Des Moines. The name of the individual who died has not been released, pending notification of family. Lloyd Houston, 52, of Walnut, Iowa died in an early morning accident along I-80 in Pottawattamie County.

ISP Communications staff continues to answer calls for assistance.  Six hundred thirty (630) telephone/cell phone calls have been taken from midnight until 10:00 a.m. today.


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