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Tuesday, February 1, 2011  

UPDATE: TROOPERS BATTLE POOR ROAD CONDITIONS TO RESCUE MOTORISTS, CLEAN UP CRASHES

Des Moines, IOWA --- Travel is currently not advised in many parts of the state. However some motorists continue to trek across our interstates and highways. That means Troopers for the Iowa State Patrol must remain vigilant as they work the road, investigating crashes and assisting stranded motorists. In addition, calls to the Patrol's six communications centers are streaming in, keeping dispatch workers very busy.

Here are preliminary data for the Iowa State Patrol, indicating an increase in work load over the last two days:

January 31, 2011, 00:00-23:59 February 1, 2011, 00:00-16:00
   
Crashes Investigated     58 Crashes Investigated     81
Motorist Assisted        155 Motorist Assisted          112
Calls at Com Centers  921 Calls at Com Centers  831

State Patrol Officials remind motorists that over the next 48 hours, snow will continue to accumulate and wind speeds will increase. These conditions are negatively affecting road conditions and visibility, particularly in the south and southeastern portions of the state. To find out what the roads are like in your corner of the state, visit www.511ia.org

Remember, travel is not advised in many parts of the state. Please heed this warning. If you become stranded or are involved in a crash on an Iowa roadway during this winter storm, the bitterly cold temperatures and high winds could create a life-threatening situation for you and your family.

 

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