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911 Center: Weather causes numerous reported car wrecks, falls

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Icy conditions caused major problems for drivers and those walking around both Wednesday and Thursday.  New Hanover County Dispatchers say they have been getting non-stop calls reporting car crashes and falls.

As of 3 p.m. Thursday, dispatchers received 93 reports of car crashes with no injuries, and an additional 18 reports of crashes with injuries. Supervisor, Kathryn Strickland, said on a normal two day period they get about 25 calls reporting crashes with no injuries.

It wasn't just those driving, there were also numerous reports of people falling down.  Over the course of Wednesday and Thursday, there were 58 reports of people falling down, and an additional 15 calls of known fractures because of falls.

Dispatchers say most of the problems were on stretches of North Kerr Avenue, Carolina Beach Road, Racine Drive, Independence Blvd., South 3rd Street and the on ramp to Martin Luther King Blvd at 23rd Street.

Emergency responders also had a hard time on the ice. Strickland, says they had calls about ambulances, sheriff deputies cars and WPD patrol cars all going into ditches. She said they also had a call where a tow-truck got stuck in a ditch, and had to be pulled out by an even larger tow-truck.

"When we get calls of our rescue vehicles sliding into ditches, it's big," said Stickland. She said teams of dispatchers are taking turns sleeping and eating at the 911 Center, so that there will be enough people available to answer the phone.

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