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Drivers, truckers, first responders face rough road conditions

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Truckers, first responders, and drivers faced rough conditions out on the roads all throughout the Tri-States Saturday.

The morning started with ice covered roads, which then became snow covered roads, and first responders spent all day trying to keep up.

Just before 9:00 a.m., Illinois State Troopers responded to a semi-truck roll over just south of the Hannibal exit on I-72.

The whole northbound lane was closed for over three hours while they worked to clear the accident.

Drivers in Quincy tried to get their business done before the snow.

"It wasn't doing anything when I went to the store, then I came out to [a snow storm]," said Amanda Lebak who ended up having to brush off her car to get home.

"I'm just grocery shopping and getting ready for the snow, trying to get in before everything freezes up," Lebak said.

She said she hopes streets would be clear by Sunday.

"I hope by tomorrow we have church in the morning, so I hope tomorrow it's not as bad," Lebak said.

Across the Mississippi in West Quincy, Missouri police responded to weather-related crashes as well.

"Vehicle one was trying to cross the cross median here and vehicle number two t-boned them going westbound on US 24," said Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper Michael Bradley about a two-vehicle crash.

Bradley said while no one was hurt, he still wants to remind drivers to be safe.

"Just drive slowly, give enough space between cars and just take your time and don't be in a rush," Bradley said.

He said that goes double when you're driving by an accident.

"Just be cautious of that, we don't want anyone to get hurt out here," said Bradley, adding that the most important thing is, "if you can stay home, stay home, if not, drive slowly, take your time."

Frank Healy

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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