Slip Sliding Away: Dangerous road conditions cause multiple accidents

- Dangerous road conditions caused multiple accidents Monday night.

An ambulance overturned on I-85 southbound at mile marker 17. Gaston Emergency Services said the interstate was shutdown for a 4-mile stretch. 

Brookshire Blvd. was also closed at the Mecklenburg-Gaston County line due to a wreck and icy conditions. 

And in Denver, a truck went crashing into a house after it slid off an icy road. 

"Next we heard was just a big boom...like an explosion...and I come out the door and there was a car stuck in my house," homeowner Robert Sigmon, said. 

Sigmon told FOX 46 he was sitting inside his home when the truck came crashing through the wall. Luckily, no one was hurt. The road outside his home was a solid sheet of ice. 

"Almost every year there's someone that comes through the yard because of the ice," Sigmon said. 

Ice didn't just cripple secondary roads in Denver. I-485 was shut down Monday evening after at least eight vehicles were involved in an accident near Exit 23. 

Traffic was at a stand-still as the Highway Patrol waited for NCDOT to salt the bridge before letting cars drive through. 

DOT spent the weekend dropping brine, a salt and water solution, on most major roads. They said unfortunately there's not much to prevent the damage of freezing rain. 

"The freezing rain does wash the brine off the highway and makes it less effective," said a DOT official. 

For many, Monday wasn't exactly what they were expecting. And while there's no snow on the ground some are still looking, and hoping, for that bright side.

"Yeah, you never know. It might be summertime next week," Sigmon said. 

As for the man with a vehicle taking out part of his house, he said the driver was driving too fast and he took it upon himself to teach a 'don't drive on ice lesson'.

"I scared the dickens out of the kids and I meant to. He needed to be scared he was really shook up but I shook him up worse," Sigmon said.

 

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