Dozens of accidents on slippery roads were reported Sunday, law enforcement agencies said.
The Franklin Fire Department responded to three accidents in a row, including one that involved apparent serious injury to a driver, midday Sunday, said Fire Chief Thomas Worden. State, county and local road crews were trying to clear the roads, he said, but roads were dangerously slick and motorists were driving too fast.
``All it takes is one little icy spot,'' Worden said. ``People have to learn to slow down.''
Cold conditions will continue today, according to the National Weather Service Highs temperatures will be in the upper 30s, and tonight there is a 40 percent chance of rain and snow showers, with lows around 30 degrees.
Snow starting late Sunday morning in Oneonta turned into rain during the afternoon. Oneonta police said there were three accidents resulting in property damage because of the weather Sunday, and Oneonta Fire Department crews responded to three accidents in the area.
In Chenango County, about 30 calls were logged by 8 p.m., about motor-vehicle accidents on icy roads, dispatchers said. Twenty of the calls came in after 3 p.m. A milk tanker rolled over in Pharsalia, spilling milk and causing the closure of state Route 23 at about 4:15 p.m. The road remained closed into the night, deputies said.
In Otsego County, about 20 motor-vehicle accidents were reported because of road conditions, which worsened about 8 p.m., dispatchers said, but no travelers were transported to hospitals.
Delaware deputies and state police at Sidney had no details about the Franklin accidents available, officials said at 8:15 p.m. Sunday.
Worden said motorists were shaken up but refused medical transport after an 11 a.m., two-car accident on Walton Road.
Soon after, crews responded to a two-car head-on crash on county Road 21 near Plymouth Church, Worden said. Walton ambulance crews took two motorists to Delaware Valley Hospital in Walton for precautionary reasons.
Worden said two drivers were taken to A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta after a two-car, serious accident on state Route 28 near the intersection of Grange Hall Road. Crews had to use the Jaws of Life to extract one driver, whose injuries were serious but not apparently life-threatening, he said.
The accidents happened within about three hours Sunday, Worden said, identities of the drivers or accident victims were not available.
This month, Franklin crews have responded to 12 to 15 motor-vehicle accidents, Worden said, including two involving serious injuries.