GREENSBORO, N.C. — Thursday night’s storm left a mark across the Piedmont, and crews in Greensboro worked all day to clean up wrecks, restore power and tow cars.
Brian Kirkman owns Spotlight Enterprises, Inc. in Greensboro and responded to more than ten calls Friday to tow vehicles and pull cars out of ditches. His other drivers stayed busy all day, too.
“I’m seeing a lot of stuff on the side of the road, and it’s best to just leave it on the side of the road if it’s not impeding traffic until we get the roads clear,” said Kirkman.
One of his regular customers, Mike Nash, had just picked up his wife Thursday night when the snow started.
“We hit a patch of ice, the car moved a little bit, and my wife overreacted. She reached over and grabbed the wheel and spun it,” said Nash.
The couple ended up in a snowy ditch off Highway 150 in Summerfield and had to leave their car overnight.
After Kirkman helped pull the vehicle out of the ditch Friday, he joked, “Your misfortune is our fortune! We’re glad to be busy.”
Greensboro Police Department Public Information Officer Susan Danielsen said from 7 p.m. Thursday to 8 a.m. Friday, city officers responded to 73 collisions with property damage only and 17 collisions with personal injury.
“A slight increase [from the day before],” explained Danielsen in an email. “However, thankfully, no serious injuries. We thank the motoring public for driving responsibly during this adverse weather.”
Friday morning, police responded to a wreck on I-40 East after a motorist lost control of his Oldsmobile, which was then lodged under a tractor-trailer.
“The car may have hit a patch of ice, subsequently lost control and lodged it underneath the truck,” said Greensboro Police Sergeant WJ Redfearn.
Traffic was slowed and three other cars crashed into each other while trying to avoid the wreck.
Two people were taken the hospital with minor injuries, including the driver of the Oldsmobile.
“They just need to watch out for those shady spots for the next three or four days because those shady spots, every time, they’re going to refreeze,” explained Kirkman.
Sgt. Redfearn said the Police Department was expecting a busy night Friday, and he warns motorists to be careful as they head home from work or travel this weekend.