Team Coverage: Icy roads blamed for multiple crashes

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A car overturned on a slick bridge in Rabun County. (Jerry Carnes, 11Alive News)

ATLANTA -- Icy conditions contributed to more than a dozen accidents Friday morning across North Georgia.

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"The roads in Towns County are treacherous and travel is all but impossible at this time," The Towns County Sheriff's office said in a statement, urging drivers to stay off the roads. "Every road is icy. There have already been multiple wrecks all over the county, on side roads, on main highways, in low spots and high spots. This ice is especially dangerous because it looks just like wet pavement from rain, until you hit it."

"Four-wheel drive is not helpful in this situation," the Sheriff's office continued. "We have four-wheel drive vehicles involved in wrecks already." About a dozen accidents were been reported before noon, and conditions were only expected to worsen.

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Multiple accidents were spotted on State Route 53 between Big Canoe and Tate in Pickens County. 

In Rabun County, a driver escaped with just a few scratches after his car flipped on SR 441, about five miles south of the city of Clayton.

In Fanin County, a car hit a guardrail on SR 515 at Liberty Church Hill, according to Georgia Department of Transportation spokeswoman Chata Spikes.

Another car wrecked on northbound Interstate 985, north of Spout Springs Road in Flowery Branch.

Spikes said ice was accumulating on all bridges and ramps along I-985 in Hall County, as well on SR 11 at River View Drive.

In Gainesville, icy conditions were reported on Thompson Bridge Road over Lake Lanier. Clarks Bridge Road was closed due to ice.


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