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First responder vehicles hit in Monday's snow storm

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Monday's snow storm brought one of the deadliest days on Iowa roads in recent memory, and one of the riskiest for first responders.

On a day that took the lives of eight people, the Iowa State Patrol responded to at least 185 crashes caused by the weather. The response proved to also put emergency responders at risk.

Iowa State Patrol said two of its squad cars were hit on Monday. One vehicle appeared to have been side-swiped and the other took on heavy damage to its right side. Both officers are okay. A fire truck responding to the crashes was also hit, as a car appeared to smash the backside of the truck, crunching its own hood.

Accidents like those are examples used by the State Patrol to remind drivers to change lanes and slow down when coming across accidents.

"Yesterday, our state experienced eight traffic deaths related to weather conditions. Several Iowa State Patrol and emergency vehicles were hit while emergency responders were trying to help motorists on the roads. The Iowa State Patrol would like to remind you that Iowa law requires motorists to: Change lanes or slow down when approaching a stationary emergency, tow, or maintenance vehicle that has its flashing lights activated," the Iowa State Patrol wrote on its Facebook page.

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