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Icy Roads Send Cars Skidding

Police and emergency workers spent Monday morning rushing to two dozen accidents as ice sent cars and trucks sliding off North Idaho roadways.

No serious injuries were reported in Idaho on Monday, although a collision killed a woman near Somers, Mont.

“People need to slow down,” said Kootenai County sheriff’s Capt. Ben Wolfinger.

A sprinkling of rain coated roads with water that froze into black ice, he said. His department handled 10 accidents from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m.

More slippery conditions are expected today, with snow forecast for this morning and rain this afternoon.

Temperatures will drop later in the week, increasing the chance of black ice in the morning.

“It’s wintertime folks,” Wolfinger said.

On Monday, Idaho State Police officers responded to 12 accidents starting about 6 a.m. The biggest problems were Fourth of July Pass on Interstate 90 plus state Highway 53, a dispatcher said.

Also Monday, a Lakeside, Mont., woman was killed when two pickup trucks collided near Somers, one of numerous accidents on snow-slick roads in the Flathead Valley as people headed for work.

Susan Lee Asbridge, 44, was fatally injured about 6:30 a.m. when her small pickup and a full-size pickup collided on U.S. 93 north of Somers.

She was pronounced dead at Kalispell Regional Hospital shortly before 10 a.m.

“Please remember moisture collects on roadways and it now dips below freezing,” said the Idaho dispatcher.

“This is now the time we have to allow ourselves extra time to get to work,” she said.

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