Ice and speed lead to several morning crashes Wednesday

Ice and speed lead to several morning crashes Wednesday »Play Video

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) -- Drivers in the Treasure Valley faced slippery and icy conditions Wednesday morning, leading to several early morning crashes and slide offs. Deputies say when roads get bad due to winter weather, drivers need to remember to slow down.

"If you can't control your car for conditions on the road, then you're going too fast," said Deputy Cary Miller with Ada County Sheriff.

Many drivers, especially in Canyon County, dealt with freezing rain on cars and roads.

"We had to scrape three cars of ice this morning, (there was) about a quarter of an inch of ice on the windshield," said Jennifer Wind, a Meridian resident.

"I felt a little scared...I had originally deiced my windows when I first left my house, but then half way through I had to pull over, turn on my hazard lights and basically deice my window again because it had frozen back over," said Brittany Sowle, a Nampa resident.

Ada County Highway District crews were out at 2 a.m. de-icing roads, but many side streets created problems for drivers.

In Ada County there were several fender benders. One was on Amity Rd. near Mustang Creek Ln. Ada County Sheriff deputies said in total there were five injury crashes, seven non-injury crashes and nine slide offs.

Over in Oregon, I84 was shut down for several hours during the early hours Wednesday. Chains are now required for drivers there.