Icy Roads Cause Problems

Slick roadways caused numerous problems early-Friday morning for motorists in Johnston County.

The primary trouble spots were bridges and overpasses that caught many drivers by surprise.  One driver ended up 200 feet down an embankment on the eastbound side of the US 70 Clayton Bypass near Barbour Mill Road.  Several accidents were also reported in the westbound lanes of the US 70 Bypass after multiple vehicles spun out on a bridge just west of Highway 42.

A tree fell across Fire Department Road near the Neuse River Bridge around midnight.  The Wilson’s Mills Fire Department and NC DOT responded and removed the tree which was blocking both lanes.

First Sgt. R.B. Maynard with the Highway Patrol is Johnston County said troopers investigated 20 weather-related collisions. Maynard said the trouble spots Friday morning were the US 70 Clayton Bypass and Interstate 95 at the 105 mile marker near Kenly.

Photos by John Payne