Columbia's slushy roads create problems for drivers

Thursday, February 24, 2011 | 4:14 p.m. CST; updated 4:38 p.m. CST, Thursday, February 24, 2011

COLUMBIA — Since about noon Thursday, Boone County emergency crews have responded to 25 different weather-related accidents.

"There's about a half-inch of heavy sleet that's slushy and wet. Cars are getting in that going too fast, and they end up hydroplaning," said Gale Blomenkamp, division chief and public information officer for the Boone County Fire Protection District. "That slush is like hitting a sheet of ice. We have vehicles sliding all over." 

Most accidents have been non-injury slide-offs, Blomenkamp said.

The division chief advised drivers to slow down, increase their following distance and allow more than enough time to get to where they're headed.

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