Crashes, smashes, and hits: Drivers unprepared for first snow of the season

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — The first big snow of the season surprised a lot of drivers Thursday morning, as many ended up in the ditch.

Stephenson County Sheriff David Snyder said, “Starting at about 3:30 a.m., after the snow had started, we began getting calls of traffic-related incidents: crashes, cars in the ditches.”

Snyder said the Sheriff’s Department had responded to 36 weather-related calls, and that was before 10 a.m.

“It’s just a matter of adapting and doing our job. We’re prepared for any type of weather-related incident on the road,” he said.

The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office says they responded to nearly 30 weather-related accidents today, including four in which people were hurt.

Snow in northern Illinois isn’t a surprise, but most people said they didn’t expect to see so much of it on Halloween.

Albert Zarco, the Maintenance Manager at the Luther Center Apartments, got up at six a.m. to start shoveling.

“I was kind of expecting a little bit of snow today, but when I woke up and saw the car full of snow, obviously, I wasn’t prepared,” he said. “I mean, it kinda feels like it’s Christmas.”

Zarco spend the day shoveling snow.

“Most of our people here are elderly people, so they’re in walkers and wheelchairs. So, we want to make sure everything is salted and prepped, ice-free for them,” he said.

“Don’t get me wrong, I like snow,” said Zarco. “But I don’t think we were ready for it right away, right now, today, just driving in it and everything. Being prepared for it, obviously, is one of the big things.”

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