Icy roads lead to dangerous conditions, statewide road closures

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WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — Numerous traffic incidents were reported across the state Wednesday morning due to freezing rain, which caused icy conditions on the roads.

At Waterbury, the morning commute was slow. Cars that would normally go 30 to 40 miles per hour were barely going 5 miles per hour.

From wrecked cars on the side of the freeway to people opting for grass on slippery sidewalks, the winter mix has taken its toll. As of 10 a.m., Waterbury Police received 152 complaints.

“These roads are so icy. It came out of nowhere apparently and there are cars everywhere,” said Mark Matteo.

Matteo is a tow truck driver and he even had trouble climbing the slopes.

“Me driving from home, I had to keep going from neutral to driving to get there,” Matteo said.

Despite the icy roads, people still managed to get to this site to get tested for COVID-19.

“I’ve been here since 4:50 a.m. trying to get tested,” Jose Rios said.

Rios had to take a COVID-19 test before returning to work. Testing at the Brass Mill Mall in Waterbury was due to start at 8am but was delayed until midday.

“They said the road conditions were pretty bad, so they put everyone on hold until they could be tested,” Rios said.

The Department of Transportation released a statement following backlash from residents about roads not being pre-treated before the storm.

The DOT posted on Twitter that the event was a “perfect storm”. They say it was too cold on Tuesday to apply liquid pre-treatment and too windy ahead of time to pre-treat with hard salt.

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