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State Patrol: Stay in car if caught in pileup

MARATHON COUNTY (WAOW) -     Multiple pileups in southern Wisconsin this weekend showed just how treacherous winter driving can be. Wisconsin State Patrol officers want drivers to know how to stay safe in that kind of situation.

      They say if cars are in a pileup or slide off, passengers should stay in their vehicles.

      "If you're outside your vehicle, you don't have any protection around you. It's just you. If you're inside your vehicle, you have the protection of the car itself," said Sgt. Rich Reichenberger. 

      "Don't get out unless it's something that you have to get out."

      Officers also say drivers should stay buckled up.

      "Because if you do get hit, it's going to keep you in that drivers seat, rather than if someone hits you at a higher rate of speed where you could end up being thrown against the dash or something like that," said Reichenberger.

      State Patrol officials also suggest cracking your window if you are stranded. That will let air through in case the exhaust pipe is covered.

      They say drivers should always be prepared for the worst when they head out, no matter how far from home they are driving.

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