First Responders Limited by Icy Weather

With so many wrecks and such slick roads first responders are warning that they aren't able to make it to these accidents as fast as usual. KLBK's Alison Morris reports.
Though many accidents involve injuries, police officers aren’t able to rush to the scenes of accidents like usual.

"Once we start having these accidents it uses up all our man power,” said LPD Sergeant Jason Lewis. 

Lewis said that LPD officers have the same restrictions on icy roads as everyone else.

"Police cars aren't faster than anybody else's vehicles, and people need to keep that in mind."

And according to Chad Curry with UMC EMS, so do they.

"We're just like everybody else,” said Curry. “We have to slow down- even more. Especially with a large ambulance or a fire truck or any other large vehicle."

Lewis said that if you have a wreck out in the county it will take responders even longer to get to you.

"In town it takes a long time, so imagine if you're tipped over in the cold weather out on the highway somewhere it's going to take a long time,” said Lewis.

Curry advises that in bad weather, it’s best to keep emergency items with you in case you get stranded, especially if you have a medical condition.

"Keep a few things in the vehicle with you that you normally don't have, but always keep a blanket in the backseat,” said Curry. “That way in case you do get stuck and where it's going to take fire, police, or EMS a while to get there you have a way to stay warm and some nutrition if need be."

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