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First snowfall results in several accidents

Emergency personnel and tow truck drivers were kept busy in Door County as the first significant snowfall of the season hit the area on Sunday. The storm system kept the area in a winter weather advisory until midnight on Monday and dumped one to three inches of snow. The Door County Sheriff’s Department and Sturgeon Bay Police Department took to social media Sunday evening to ask people to travel carefully and sparingly as they responded to several accidents in the area. One of those accidents was in Ephraim on State Highway 42 where a heavy-duty pickup truck was swung into a ditch and into a utility pole after losing control of his trailer. The crash occurred at approximately 3:45 p.m. and the highway had to be closed for a few hours. The driver was able to leave his vehicle safely without injuries and no service was lost when the utility pole was snapped in half by the vehicle. Ephraim Fire Chief Justin MacDonald says it is a good lesson for people to slow down as the weather gets slick.

Between 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon and 7 a.m. Monday morning, Door County Dispatch responded to calls for nine accidents,  four cars in ditches, and three motorist assists. The area is expected to get a second dose of winter weather on Tuesday night when the National Weather Service predicts between four and six inches of snow could fall by Wednesday morning.


Photo credit to Tad Dukehart

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