Madison County, NE (KTIV) – Madison County, Nebraskan had numerous calls for accidents on Wednesday morning.
Sheriff Todd Volk said the morning rain quickly turned into black ice. He said at one point, 10 to 12 cars on Highway 81 went into the ditch.
Authorities were also busy with a two-vehicle wreck north of Battle Creek.
It happened shortly after 7:30 a.m. Battle Creek Fire and Rescue along with Madison County Sheriff and Nebraska State Patrol responded to the crash about one and half miles east of the 275 and 121 intersection.
One patient was taken to the hospital with injuries.
Icy roads are believed to have contributed to the accident.
“All of a sudden it came at once when the storm came through and made the ice,” said Madison County Sheriff Todd Volk. “Then it slowed down quite a bit now luckily, thankfully. It was just one of those days where everybody should have slowed down quite a bit and remember that this is Nebraska weather.”
Sheriff Volk said he is always worried about his officers as they go out in those conditions to respond to calls.
“They’ve got to get through the traffic and get there to help out however they can and then you know its true with the fire and rescue departments that are being dispatched to those areas,” Volk said. “You know it’s always dangerous conditions when the roads are that bad. So there is always concern for the officers and then for everybody else that is driving along the roads.”
Sheriff Volk said road conditions are improving in Madison County as the temperatures warm up, but adds it’s important to be mindful that the roads could get worse again Wednesday night when the temperatures drop again.