New York – The New York State Police announced that they have responded to over 300 vehicle accidents related to the winter storm that began hitting our area Thursday afternoon.
New York State Police said a total of 355 vehicle accidents had been reported as of 6:00 a.m. Friday.
In New Jersey, a fatal accident was reported on Friday morning NJ Turnpike A truck with a Hyundai car that overturned. Garden State State Police said the person in the car died and the truck driver was taken to a hospital in non-life-threatening condition.
Our weather authority is asking drivers to be careful on the roads and people living in the metropolitan area are being advised to take out their umbrellas and use caution while driving. Wind gusts up to 50 mph have been issued for coastal areas.
Governor Cathy Hochul urged New Yorkers to be careful before the bad weather arrives.
“I encourage all New Yorkers to exercise caution and be prepared for possible power outages and difficult travel on Thursday and Friday as snow and ice accumulate in the northeastern parts of the state,” Hochul said. “Our emergency response agencies are well prepared for this storm and will be working around the clock for the next several days to keep New Yorkers safe.”
driving safety tips
- Don’t drive unless you have to.
- Be careful on bridges as ice can build up faster than on roads.
- If you must travel, make sure your car is stocked with survival blankets, a shovel, a flashlight and extra batteries, extra warm clothing, a set of tire chains, battery booster cables, quick energy food, and brightly colored clothing. is equipped. Use as a distress flag.
- If you have a cell phone or other communication device, such as a two-way radio, available for use, keep the battery charged and take it with you when you travel. If you are trapped, you will be able to call for help and inform rescuers about your location.
- Transportation accidents are the leading cause of death and injury during winter storms. Before getting behind the wheel, make sure your vehicle is free of snow and ice; Good vision is the key to good driving. Plan your stops and keep more distance between cars.
- It is important for motorists on all highways to know that snowplows travel at speeds up to 35 mph, which in many cases is less than the posted speed limit, to ensure that the spread salt does not enter the lanes of travel. Be made and do not spread outside. Of the streets
- Motorists and pedestrians should also be aware that snowplow operators have limited lines of sight, and the size and weight of the snowplow can make it very difficult to maneuver and stop quickly.
The prolonged winter storm began Thursday in the New York area with heavy snow, ice and rain expected to last through Friday night, which could leave parts of Hudson Valley Strong winds and torrential rain brought up to 8 inches of snow and flooding in coastal areas.