Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 8:40 am
A motor-vehicle accident with injuries is reported on the Thruway at mile marker 397.0 in the eastbound lane.
Dispatchers warn responders of extremely icy conditions in the area.
East Pembroke fire and Mercy EMS dispatched.
The location is about a half mile west of the Slusser Road overpass.
UPDATE 7:43 a.m.: No injuries.
UPDATE 7:53 a.m.: A second ambulance requested after a vehicle may have struck the fire truck -- or close to it, hitting a guard rail instead. Darien fire's ambulance requested to the scene.
UPDATE 7:57 a.m.: "They hit the guard rail pretty good," reports a chief, but everybody is out of the car and injuries, if any, appear minor. The chief also reports "this is not good," cars are slowing down, but still sliding around.
UPDATE 8:02 a.m.: Pembroke and Indian Falls requested to assemble in quarters.
UPDATE 8:06 a.m.: The East Pembroke chief informs the Pembroke chief that their crews are needed for traffic control in the eastbound lane. Another chief informs Darien's ambulance that it can go back in service. Mercy EMS can handle the signoffs on the second accident.
UPDATE 8:12 a.m.: A Pembroke chief reports icy conditions, at least two cars into guard rails. Dispatch says the Thruway Authority has a salt truck in route.
UPDATE 8:15 a.m.: There's a non-injury accident on the Route 98 overpass. A dispatcher notes, "Apparently the bridges in this county are iced over. It's Nov. 2 and the bridges are iced over."
UPDATE 8:18 a.m.: An East Pembroke chief is requesting crews completely shutdown the eastband lanes.
UPDATE 8:29 a.m.: A second accident in East Pembroke's district, on Route 5 near Wortendyke Road. The East Pembroke chief requests a dispatch for Town of Batavia while he tries to free up a unit to head that way. The dispatcher warns Town of Batavia that the road is icy. There are very minor injuries in the accident.