ICY ROADS: 3 semi rollovers close I-29 for 2 hours, at least 5 others involved in accidents

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It was a busy morning for law enforcement, emergency responders, and tow companies. While no one really saw significant ice or snow accumulation, the light slick glaze created by freezing drizzle Tuesday morning was enough to cause major traffic problems.

There were at least 8 semis had accidents, 3 of which closed the interstate, plus several other vehicle accidents on both I-29 and HWY 20.

I-29 was closed near the Port Neal exit for about 2 hours at the heart of the morning commute. A thin coating of ice caused numerous accidents from Sergeant Bluff to Salix. Roads were deemed unsafe to drive in spots, and traffic was backed up for miles as a result. 
After it toppled over, slipping on the icy interstate, the truck pictured above needed to be pushed out of the way by an Iowa DOT plow.
“Unfortunately it happens a little more than you think, and it’s not just at this time of the year, we’ve actually brought large snow plows and large equipment out to clear the roadways just to keep those interstates open” says Trooper John Farley, Iowa State Patrol.
No one was seriously injured.
The semi blocked the interstate for 2 hours as plows tried to get the truck upright….closing the northbound lanes completely and putting the southbound lanes in one lane of traffic to allow for passing plows and emergency vehicles.
Traffic was backed up for miles, around 8 o’clock Friday morning all lanes were reopened.
“Along with everybody slowing down, please wear your seatbelts, can’t say it enough. The most important piece of safety equipment that you have in your vehicle is that seatbelt. Everybody buckled up, everywhere in the car!” says Trooper John Farley, Iowa State Patrol.

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