Slippery conditions lead to several accidents Thursday

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Gazette staff
Friday, December 30, 2011
— Southern Wisconsin residents woke up to icy roads Thursday, but only one was injured in Janesville or rural Rock County in the minor accidents attributed to the ice, according to Rock County Communications and Janesville Police Department records.

On the other hand, a gas meter took substantial damage because of the slippery conditions. Shortly before 10 a.m., a pickup truck slid into a natural gas meter at Crazy Joe's Best Deal Furniture, 314 W. Milwaukee St. Two buildings in downtown Janesville were evacuated for 10 to 15 minutes from 15 N. High St., and the Speakeasy, 19 N. High St., until the gas was shut off.

By that time of day, the glaze of ice from the overnight freezing rain had melted in most places, Shift Cmdr. Scott Morovits said. The gas meter was located near a parking lot on the shady, north side of the building, Morovits said.

A vehicle at 5:35 a.m. slid into a traffic signal at Centerway and River Street, Morovits said. Firefighters closed the intersection briefly until the city dispatched a salt truck, he said. No one was injured.

Nor was anyone injured at 6:03 a.m. when a car slid off the bridge on County M at Indianford in Fulton Township, according to Rock County Communications records.

Southern Wisconsin residents could see a mix of snow and rain this afternoon, although the roads likely won't be icy or wet for long.

The National Weather Service on Thursday afternoon predicted rain and snow before noon today. The rain could change to snow in the afternoon, and the chance of precipitation is 80 percent. Friday's high will be around 35 degrees, and new snow accumulation of less than 1 inch is possible.

Last updated: 7:01 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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