Winter weather turns roads into ice rink

TOWN OF ELMA, N.Y. (WIVB) – Freezing rain caused a mess on the roads throughout Western New York Saturday. The quick freeze caught a lot of drivers off guard but Department of Transportation plow drivers kicked into high gear, trying to salt as much as they could.

Despite those efforts, one person was killed in the Town of Royalton after a crash caused by icy roads.

Two people were also injured in an 11 car accident on the 33 just after 4 p.m. Saturday; both were treated and released from ECMC. On the 400 Expressway in West Seneca, there were at least 12 cars and trucks off the road – some of them flipped over.

Volunteers at the Spring Brook Fire Hall snapped into action when the roads started to freeze around 4:00 p.m. Fire Chief Mike Fitzgerald told News 4 that he saw a lot of people driving at normal speeds instead of slowing down.

“When we are approaching a scene, even though we have lights going on a day like this, we’re not going to go that fast,” he said. “We’re going to slow down, and we warn each other.”

Chief Fitzgerald even saw a driver get ticketed by police because they drove too fast past an accident.

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