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  •  at least one Iowa fatality (2+ / 0-)
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    luckylizard, JeffW
    Authorities say a part of Interstate 35 in northern Iowa is closed as troopers respond to an accident involving 25 vehicles.

    The Iowa State Patrol says the crash happened Thursday morning along the southbound lanes near Clarion. At least one person has died.

    Authorities say preliminary information indicates poor visibility caused the accident. Drivers were unable to see vehicles that had slowed or stopped, causing a chain reaction of crashes.

    Officials are advising drivers to stay off roads in Iowa until midnight due to a major snow storm. They say visibility in northern Iowa and along other rural roadways are near zero.
    •  IADOT asleep at the wheel... (0+ / 0-)

      This was forecast and is becoming a worst case scenario- lots of snow falling with temps around freezing so it melts then refreezes, followed by high winds that cause zero visibility and deep drifting. IADOT should have starting shutting roads down last night.

      •  With all due respect... (2+ / 0-)
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        JeffW, Fleet

        As a one time plow driver for the county, when visibility drops to zero, and it does in these storms across the plains, you can't see the road to know if you're still on the road.
        More than once I came to a stop because visibility went completely away.
        I've had to get out of the truck, scrape the snow with my boot, and see what part of the road surface I was on (oncoming, left shoulder, my side... right shoulder).

        Pretty easy and entirely unfair to make the comment you did above.

        Enagaged activism wins elections. 100 million words on liberal/progressive websites gets beat by one new GOP voter casting their vote.

        by Nebraska68847Dem on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 02:28:16 PM PST

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