Accidents May Be Due to Slick Roads

By: Althea Paul
By: Althea Paul

August 9, 2005

All the rain we had earlier today may have been the cause of several accidents. Although not as bad as last weekend, it was enough to wet the roads, and standing water can cause lots of problems for drivers.

All the wet weather may have played a role in several accidents in the area. The rain that poured down on Charlottesville and the surrounding areas made for some slick streets on Tuesday. It could have also been the reason for a morning accident along Scottsville Road and Plank Road.

It's a dangerous road yes, but this is not a usual place for accidents," said Robert McCormick with the Albemarle Police Department. "This is a straight stretch, one of the best parts of this highway."

However when you add in rain, any road can be dangerous. Police said the driver somehow lost control and ran off the righthand side of the street. The car then flipped over, ejecting the man.

Authorities are now trying to figure out what could have happened.

"Most likely, [the water] probably could have [been] a factor. The vehicle could have hydro-planed or the driver could have fallen asleep," said McCormick.

The wet streets also seemed to play a role in another crash along the 250-Bypass at McIntyre. According to the driver of a truck, his tires couldn't grip the wet road well and he ended up slamming into the back of a van. These accidents may help to serve as reminders for drivers to pay extra attention to the roads during wet weather.

"Anytime it rains you slow down and create a little more distance between you and the vehicle ahead of you. Be prepared for any emergencies that could happen on the highway," advised Officer McCormick.

Two people were injured in the Scottsville Road accident. They were taken to the UVa Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

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