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Snowy roads keep area police busy

EASTERN IOWA (KWWL) -- If you're out and about on the roads today, police want you to slow down.

As the snow continues to fall across the area, roads remain slick in some spots and many people are finding themselves either in the ditch or in an accident.

In Cedar Rapids, police have responded to 38 crashes since midnight, January 7, 2010.

In one accident, a driver suffered neck injuries and was transported to St. Luke's Hospital.  That crash happened on I-380 between Coldstream Avenue and H Avenue.

Linn County has a tow ban in place and the Iowa State Patrol has one in place on I-380 between Iowa City and Urbana.

The state patrol has also issued a tow ban for Black Hawk County.

In Waterloo and Cedar Falls, the scanners have been busy with a steady stream of reports of vehicles in the ditches and rolled over.

At around 5:45 a.m. this morning, Cedar Falls Police were called to an accident on Highway 58 southbound near the Waterloo Road exit.  Two vehicles were involved and both drivers were taken to local hospitals.  Southbound 58 was closed at Highway 57 for a short time because of the accident.

Police warn you to drive defensively and to allow extra room between you and the car in front of you.

Here are some tips from the Cedar Rapids Police Department if you are involved in a crash:

- First check for injuries.
- Call 911 and know your location.
- If there are no injuries and the vehicles are movable, move the vehicles off of the roadway.
- If you are on the interstate and the vehicles are moveable, move them off of the interstate  to a safe location.
- Note the vehicle that you unintentionally met along with the license plate and even exchange names with the driver.
- With the advantage of having a cell phone, take a few quick pictures of the crash with your cell phone camera. Then move your car off of the interstate.

While the snow will stop falling later in the day on Thursday, the winds will pick up and blow the snow around.  That means road conditions may either stay the same or get worse at times before they get better, so just use caution out on the roads.

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