Troopers respond to nearly 400 calls for service during winter weather
WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA —
Highway Patrol troopers returned to work Monday continuing the investigations they couldn't complete Sunday evening because of the winter weather.
Trooper Rico Stephens says his agency responded to nearly 400 calls for service between 3:30 pm and midnight, though some calls proved to dangerous to finish.
"We're not going to put ourselves in danger to go investigate a collision," he said.
With that being said, most of the crashes involved property damage with no fatalities.
"It was like a skating rink, if you will," said Stephens.
The remnants of the evening was scattered all across the area, from interstates to smaller roadways.
Some people even abandoned their cars, choosing to walk home to escape the cold.
"Standing here talking to you and it's still cold and I can't imagine that walk last night but yes some people do walk, which is a good point. If you do abandon your vehicle and you're walking, please try to stay out of the main travel way. Be cautious of vehicles that are traveling and today if you return to get your vehicle, again be cautious about traffic approaching you from the rear," said Stephens.
Trooper Stephens says it's also possible your vehicle may have been towed by troopers if it was in the middle of the roadway or in a dangerous location.