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Slippery roads cause problems on Highway 20


WATERLOO (KWWL) -- New Year's Eve has gotten off to a rough start for some in eastern Iowa. Earlier Friday freezing rain caused problems for drivers all across the state.

From the median to the ditch, vehicles were scattered along Highway 20 like match box cars. All of the accidents have kept emergency crews and tow trucks very busy.

"A lot of drivers are not playing it safe. They get going a little too fast and the roads are getting icy," said Ray Mount tow truck driver, David Staake.

Elizabeth Rodl was traveling from Davenport to Cedar Falls. She almost made it, but ice on the off-ramp to Cedar Falls derailed her trip.

"It wasn't too terrible. It rained a lot on the way up in the first hour, but I haven't hit any ice until right now," said Rodl.

Hudson and Cedar Falls Police, as well as the Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office assisted drivers. Troopers with the Iowa State Patrol say they also have been busy all day long working accidents along the path of the freezing rain.

While Rodl was not happy about the mishap, she is taking it in stride.

"It could have been worse. I didn't hit anything so that's good," said Rodl.

As for tow truck drivers, it could be a long haul.

"I'm expecting it to be a very long night with roads like this and the flash freeze you guys have been talking about that is going to come tonight, it's going to hit people like a brick wall. I expect to be up and around all night long," said Staake.

Despite all of accidents in Black Hawk County, authorities say there were no major injuries.

Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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