Slick Roads Cause Early Morning Wrecks
A mixture of snow, sleet and freezing rain made travel treacherous for Moore County motorists early today.
The area was under a winter weather advisory early, and before the rain and warmer temperatures arrived by mid-morning there were some wrecks.
The local office of the N.C. Highway Patrol reported a high volume of minor wrecks throughout Moore and portions of Hoke County.
County Fire Marshal Ken Skipper said the county roads were dotted with patchy ice throughout the early morning. At 8 a.m., Skipper said there had been multiple car wrecks.
"We've had a couple (wrecks) near Vass-Lakeview, others near 24-27 west of Carthage and some in Southern Pines,” Skipper said. "The worst vehicle wrecks have been near Vass."
U.S. 1 Bypass between Vass and Cranes Creek Road exit was closed early today because slick road conditions caused several wrecks.
In Pinehurst a car overturned on N.C. 211 before 6 a.m. and there were several reports of cars pulled off to the side of the road on Fort Bragg Road and other reports of wrecks in the northern end of the county.
At 5:50 a.m. Ben Zuniga-Ortiz, 32, of Albuquerque, N.M., was driving his 2000 Ford Explorer west on N.C. 211 when it ran off the road and into a ditch near the intersection of N.C. 211 and Murdocksville Road.
“He hit some ice and that caused him to go in the ditch and caused his vehicle to overturn,” said Capt. Floyd Thomas of the Pinehurst police.
Zuniga-Ortiz was not hurt, but was cited for careless and reckless driving, Thomas said.
Early this morning there were reports that cars were pulled off to the side of the road on Fort Bragg Road. There also were several reports of wrecks in the northern end of the county.
Moore County Schools, the O’Neal School and Sandhills Community College closed today because of the inclement weather. The make-up date for public schools is Feb. 21.
In preparation for the possibility of icy roads, NC Department of Transportation work crews treated roads on Wednesday with de-icing solution.
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