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Late morning accident caused by slick roads

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Slippery roads caused a half dozen accidents lined the Interstate 475 overpass between Atherton Road and Stewart Avenue in Genesee County after 8 a.m.

“I slow down, drive slower,” said driver, Gerald Phillips. “There are a lot of idiots that don't. They don't stop they go right by it like it's dry roads.”

John Daly with the Genesee County Road Commission said the reason behind the slick conditions isn’t that straight forward.

“The entire road will frost, and then when the sun comes up some of it will melt because of solar loading and some of it in the shadows, will stay on there,” Daly said. “Drivers encounter differing road conditions, in very short distances, and it is very difficult to maintain control of the vehicle.”

The Genesee County Road Commission is offering up driving tips for dealing with an event like this.

“Be particularly careful when your changing lanes. If you encounter one of these places where the frost is melted and refrozen or other ice, you are very vulnerable of losing control of your vehicle,” Daly said.

They also said to keep in mind to start and stop slowly and evenly. Avoid jamming on the brakes and make sure you have good tires.

The road commission said to use extreme caution on bridges ramps and overpasses and have a well maintained vehicle.

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