If you were traveling on I-40 southbound into Memphis Wednesday morning, you were among this rather large number of cars and trucks not going anywhere fast.
Some got off I-40 and tried to find a faster track on Germantown Parkway or Summer Avenue, only to find the same song, different verse. No one was moving.
The source of the big slowdown was two cars that skidded on the black ice and crashed at I-240 The Flyover that kept traffic backed up for more than two hours. Both cars were in the southbound lane of I-240, hit an icy patch and flipped, one flipping over a guard rail.
The two accidents happened within seconds just after 8:30 a.m.
"I hit the ice patch and did like a 360 over the guard rail," said Tasheneka Prince, crash victim. "I wasn't going that fast, maybe 50 mph because I was behind another vehicle.
"She (Prince) happened before me," said Crystal Hill, second crash victim. "I know because I hit the ice and flipped because her car was already down there. I did not see the ice until I was already on it and then I felt it. Then it was kind of too late."
You hear the warnings every time there is the possibility of ice forming on streets, but every time
We have ice we see wrecks because many drivers think if the cars in front of them are not having a problem then there is no problem.
In reality, all it takes is for a car to hit an ice patch just off the beaten path, and you have the potential for skidding, as in this case two cars rolling over.
The good news from the two ice-related crashes is both young ladies had their seat belts on and escaped with just some bumps and bruises.
It could have been a lot worse. On Monday at the start of the prolonged ice storm, a 19-year-old Dyer County woman died after her vehicle hit a patch of ice and flipped.
When there is ice, not matter what the other motorists are doing, keep your speed down and always wear your seat belt.
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