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Livingston Parish drivers learn tough lesson on ice

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Posted: Jan 29, 2014 4:53 PM by Chris Nakamoto
Updated: Jan 29, 2014 4:55 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Livingston Parish, Ice, Problems, WBRZ

DENHAM SPRINGS- Dozens of crashes occurred after a curfew was lifted for Livingston Parish residents Wednesday morning.

On Highway 16, there was a section near South Point Drive covered in ice that caused at least five drivers to go into a ditch.

"I was just really bored at home," James Wetzel said. "They told us not to drive on the roads, but for some reason, I felt like I had to be on the road for some reason."

As crews cleared the crash, the state brought in a truck and sprinkled sand over the slippery pavement. Parish President Layton Ricks said the unnecessary amount of people on the roads caused big problems.

"This really stresses to the max the Sheriff's Department, tow truck service companies, medical services everyone who has to respond to these issues and that's why it's so critical to stay off roads."

Tommy Guitreau had to brave the weather to fix a flat tire. He is ready for the cold snap to pass.

"I'm going to miss two days of work because of it," Guitreau said.

Others like Dan had to go out and about because he needed provisions. He's stuck at a hotel until the interstates reopen. He's trying to get home to Houston.

"I needed to come out since I'm staying in a hotel," Dan said. "There were some things I needed. But it was just right around the corner and I took my time."

As people begin to get stir crazy in their homes, Wetzel wants others to learn from his mistake. With more freezing temps predicted tonight, it's a good idea to stay indoors.

When asked if it was worth it, Wetzel responded, "Absolutely not. As you can see my car is in a ditch over there. I live a mile from here and didn't go anywhere."

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