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Winter weather blamed for I-39 crash

MOSINEE (WAOW) --Icy roads created havoc for drivers in Marathon County. The slick conditions caused more than 10 crashes and slide-ins on Wednesday morning.

A Mosinee police officer says a car rolled into the ditch and landed on its side near the Mosinee exit on southbound I-39. An officer says the driver escaped without injury.

Just an hour later, a second rollover happened on the northbound side of same stretch of highway. One of the two people in the car broke her wrist.

"Hit some black ice and rolled a couple times into the ditch," said Sgt. Rhae Stertz of Wisconsin State Patrol.

Officers are reminding drivers to be extra cautious when they're on the roads.

"If you can avoid traveling that'd be the best, but if you do have to travel leave plenty of time," said Stertz.

Drivers say losing control in icy conditions and ending up in the ditch is trouble nobody wants.

"It's kinda heart-wrenching, not knowing what you can do to get out," said Long Thao of Wausau.

Officials say even if a road is salted, it could still be slippery.

"A lot of times the salt won't stick to roads in these temperatures, so again just a reminder for people to slow down," said Stertz.

Drivers say they plan to heed that advice.

"Just take it easy and watch what you're doing," said Dan Tomaczyk of Wausau. "You won't have any trouble."

State Patrol says officers also investigated two weather-related crashes in Lincoln County.

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