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Toy delivery continues despite icy roads

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BREMER COUNTY (KWWL) - What started as a mission to bring toys to children in need in Mississippi ended with a driver Harlan Bigger needing help himself Tuesday morning after rear-ending a car on Highway 218 in Bremer County.

"We left from Mason City and it was really bad," Bigger said. "But this, it looked like it was much better."

Bigger is from Mason City and soon learned on Highway 218 southbound near Waverly, the appearance of these roads can deceive drivers.

"It didn't look like it was icy," he said. "But it was. Black ice."

"Traveling too fast and just giving out when they shouldn't have," tow truck driver Ken Marks said.

Marks said he responded to call after call on Tuesday.

He had several calls from Nashua and Charles City because drivers underestimated the ice factor.

"At this point the roads are about 90 to 100 percent snow and ice, the DOT's done an excellent job, it's just there's so much wind blowing back across the road that it's hard for them to keep up," Lieutenant Dan Pickett with the Bremer County Sheriff's Office said.

Even with salt trucks on the road, Pickett said the wind can blow the salt right off the ice and crashes can follow.

"Hopefully we don't have to raise the hood for anything," Bigger said.

Despite the crash, Bigger said the mission of toys continues. He just hopes the rest of this trip is less eventful.

Online Reporter: Sunny Layne

Online Executive Producer Nate Leding

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