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NHP helps 122 stranded motorists Wednesday morning, responds to 12 crashes
by Tribune Staff
Dec 09, 2009 | 899 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Nevada Highway Patrol troopers stayed busy Wednesday morning helping more 122 stranded motorists out of the ice and snow, according to a report from NHP spokesman Trooper Chuck Allen.

Allen also reported 12 accidents Wednesday morning with none having serious injuries.

The stranded vehicles mostly had problems with flat tires, frozen diesel fuel, overheated motors most likely caused by frozen radiators, tangled snow cables/chains that were wrapped around the axles and broken heater hoses.

Allen also said that as the sun melts existing snow, area roads Wednesday are expected to be spotted with black ice. According to temperature forecasts, the ice may appear as early as Wednesday afternoon, he said.

“Be extra cautious on roadway curves, shadowed areas, bridges and underneath overpasses,” Allen said. “While we are looking ahead at several days of driving with challenging conditions due to ice, snow and cold temperatures, motorists should be extremely focused and attentive while driving, limit distractions and always wear a seat belt.”

Other reminders for drivers from the NHP included stowing the following items in vehicles:

• Flashlight

• Additional clothing to include a winter jacket, blanket, coveralls, hand gloves

• Shovel

• Ice Scraper

• Cell phone charger

• Non-perishable food such as granola bars, trail mix, etc

• Water

• Be certain that your spare tire has air in it and that you carry a vehicle jack and lug wrench

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