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Schools closed, 'tremendous amount of wrecks' on dangerous black ice

Black ice made roads treacherous, closed schools and caused "a tremendous amount of wrecks" throughout Henderson County early Wednesday.


"There's a lot of vehicles left in ditches and abandoned and emergency personnel responding to wrecks all over the county," sheriff's Maj. Frank Stout. "It's still icy in some areas. People got out early and I think they were caught off guard so there's multiple collisions all over the county."

"If you have to out use extreme caution," he said. "If the temperature will raise just a degree or two by 10 or 11 it might be OK. Until then, if you don't have to go out, don't but if you do have to go out be very very careful."

The town of Laurel Park echoed the warning.

"Stay at home if you can until road conditions improve," the town said in a robo-alert to residents. "The Public Works Department is out distributing salt and sand to problem areas."

The school system announced the school closing at 5:49 a.m. A joint meeting of the School Board and Board of Commissioners was postponed from 9 to 10 a.m.