Storms set cars sliding |

Storms set cars sliding

Grass Valley Police reported up to 20 car accidents on local streets in the span of about two hours during Sunday evening’s low altitude snowstorm.

Drivers began sliding off the road and into each other at an alarming rate at approximately 4:50 p.m. Sunday with the downfall, causing a flurry of noninjury accidents.

Grass Valley Police Sgt. Joe Matteoni said drivers lost control of their vehicles mainly because they were unprepared for snow conditions.

“People were scared and didn’t know how to drive in the snow,” Matteoni said.

Some of the accidents did involve four-wheel drive vehicles, but most involved two-wheel drive cars.

Police called in extra officers and Grass Valley Public Works to help with the accidents.

Twelve were reported between 4:54 p.m. and 6:04 p.m. and several accidents police encountered were not reported, bringing the total number of storm-related fender benders in city limits to about 20, Matteoni said.

The trouble spots were on or near slight grades, including Hughes Road, Sierra College Drive, McCourtney Road at Mill Street and East Main Street.


To contact staff writer Robyn Moormeister, e-mail or call 477-4236.

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