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I-77 South in Surry County Now Open to Traffic after Heavy Snow Caused Accidents, Congestion

Shelby -Traffic is now moving on I-77 South in Surry County after hazardous weather conditions this afternoon caused several tractor trailers to lose traction and slide off the road, blocking traffic and triggering heavy congestion. N.C. Department of Transportation crews are currently plowing the interstate to remove any snow and ensure motorist safety. The department urges drivers not to be on the roads tonight due to the potential for icy road conditions.

A band of heavy snow blanketed the region this afternoon, causing road conditions along I-74, I-77 and U.S. 52 to deteriorate quickly. About 4 p.m., the treacherous driving conditions caused three tractor trailers to become stuck, causing additional accidents and creating significant congestion on I-77 from mile markers 85 to 100.

In an effort to find a way around the queue, some motorists traveled to I-74 where similar weather conditions caused two tractor trailers to slide and get stuck just east of the Park Drive overpass, rendering the interstate impassable and generating traffic congestion. Towing operators are in the process of pulling the tractor trailers out of the roadway, so traffic can flow once again.

NCDOT currently has multiple snow plows and salt spreaders operating on I-74, I-77 and U.S. 52. These roads were initially cleared early this morning before the latest band of snow moved in. The salt is taking longer to be effective because of the lack of sun, which helps with the chemical reaction to melt the snow and ice.

The department also sent two Incident Management Assistance Patrol, or IMAP, trucks from Statesville, one IMAP truck from Forsyth County and another from Davie County to I-77 earlier this evening to check on drivers waiting in the congestion, providing fuel and traffic control assistance.

For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit www.ncdot.gov/travel or follow NCDOT on Twitter. Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website.

You can also get emergency information from the N.C. Department of Public Safety at http://readync.org, and download the ReadyNC app to help you prepare for everything from road conditions to severe storms on a daily basis.

***NCDOT***

2/15/2018 5:24 PM

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