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February 19, 2018  

Over 160 Vehicles in
Central Iowa Mega-Crashes


DES MOINES, Iowa
-- The Iowa State Patrol has some helpful tips for motorists with icy weather moving across much of the state over the next couple of days:

  • Reduce your speed to the condition of the road;
  • Increase your following distance;
  • Use extra caution in the areas accelerating/decelerating (on ramps, off ramps, intersections);
  • Anticipate – look up the road when travelling;
  • Speed limit(s) are designed for ideal conditions.  

Travelling 70 mph on dry pavement, requires an overall stopping distance of around 350ft.

Travelling 50 mph on dry pavement, requires an overall stopping distance of around 198ft.

Feb 5th pile-up near Ames involved 70 vehicles.
Feb 17th pile-up south of Huxley involved over 90 vehicles.

Sgt. Nathan Ludwig
Iowa State Patrol
Public Information Officer
515-745-2863

 

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