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Monday, December 20, 2010

Johns Creek reports 62 accidents from Wednesday's ice.

Courtesy Neighbor Newspapers

Update- Wednesday 10:30 a.m.: Johns Creek city spokeswoman Rosemary Taylor, the city of Johns Creek had a total of 62 accidents between 5 p.m. Wednesday and 8 a.m. Thursday morning.

"Of those 62, five reported injuries," she said. "Victims were transported to Emory Johns Creek Hospital, but no incidents involved the need for transport to a trauma center."

In regard to filing accident reports, Taylor said for any incident that did not involve a call to 911 and a police officer reporting to the scene, the individual needs to complete a Personal Report of Accident form (SR 13) and then submit that to their insurance company.

That form can be downloaded from GDOT’s website, or be picked up from the Records Office of the Johns Creek Police Dept.

Taylor said there were a number of police staff who stayed past their normal shifts on Wednesday to help.

"They came in at 5 a.m. Wednesday morning, and instead of leaving at 5 p.m., worked into the night," she said. "No extra Fire personnel were brought in, however, Fire Command Staff stayed on the scene, and the Battalion Chief operated out of the Emergency Operations Center."

Rural Metro Ambulance did bring in extra staff, however, which Taylor said was crucial to our overall response.

"Our 911 Communications Center (ChatComm) kept staff over past their 12-hour shifts," she said. "Our public safety professionals are always prepared. That’s what they’re trained to do. Likewise, our public works and roads personnel were proactively laying down salt and sand, starting around 4 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, before icing started to occur."

Taylor said the biggest challenge for police, emergency and public works staff in the field was navigating through the stopped traffic from accidents or rough patches of ice.

"This was particularly true for our public works staff with the salt/sand trucks. The demand for them was so great, with seriously iced roads in different parts of the city," she said. "We had to make sure that the roads into Emory Johns Creek Hospital were passable for ambulances, for just one example."

Update- Thursday 2:15 p.m.: According to Milton Police Captain Shawn McCarty, between 4 p.m. yesterday and 6 a.m. today the city had a total of nine reported accidents and four reported stranded motorists.

The captain said there were many other vehicles that were abandoned.

"I had to hold over four units from the day shift to assist last night and two night units stayed over into the shift today," he said. "I believe there were around six roads that we had to shut down during this weather."

City spokesman Jason Wright said accidents can be reported by going to City Hall between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. or by calling (678) 242-2570.

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