WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) – Numerous traffic incidents were reported across the state Wednesday morning due to freezing rain, which caused icy conditions on the roadways.
In Waterbury, the morning commute was slow. Cars that would normally be moving at 30 to 40 miles per hour were barely going 5 miles per hour.
Whether it was wrecked cars on the side of the highway or people opting for grass over slick sidewalks, the wintry mix took a toll. By 10 a.m., Waterbury police received 152 complaints.
“These roads are so icy. It came out of nowhere apparently and there are cars all over the place,” Mark Matteo said.
Matteo is a tow truck driver, and he even found it tough to get up hills.
“Me driving in from my house, I had to keep going from neutral to drive in order to make it,” Matteo said.
Despite the icy roads, people still managed to get out to this site in order to get tested for COVID-19.
“I’ve been here since 4:50 in the morning trying to get tested,” Jose Rios said.
Rios needed to get a COVID-19 test before heading back to work. Testing at the Brass Mill Mall in Waterbury was supposed to start at 8 a.m. but was delayed until noon.
“They said the road conditions were pretty bad, so they got everybody on standby until they can be tested,” Rios said.
The Department of Transportation has released a statement following backlash from residents about roads not being pre-treated before the storm.
The DOT posted on Twitter that the event was a ‘perfect storm.’ They say it was too cold on Tuesday to lay down liquid pre-treatment and too windy ahead of the weather to pre-treat with hard salt.