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Tumbling temps, ice cause fatal accident, closures in county

Published 6:37am Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Snow, sleet and ice were a dangerous combination in much of Elmore County Tuesday morning with the temperatures hovering below freezing much of the day.

The wintery mixture led to a number accidents throughout the River Region.

Two people died from a seven-vehicle accident on the canal bridge on Alabama Highway 14 in Elmore just before 8 a.m. Tuesday.

The driver of one of the vehicles Tyrell Harris, 29, of Wetumpka and his 2-year-old passenger Rayne Harris died as a result from the accident. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

A number of bridges throughout the county were also closed after icing over from the freezing temperatures.

Just before noon on Tuesday the Emerald Mountain and Alabama River Parkway toll bridges were closed because of ice.

City and county road crews were braving the cold to spread sand on bridges throughout the county to ensure they were passable to those who needed to be on the roads.

All county schools, county governmental offices as well as some municipal government offices either closed early Tuesday or were closed all day Tuesday.

Most of the government offices announced they would be closed all day today.

Just after 1 p.m. Tuesday, the Elmore County Commission announced it was closing all of the county roads as of sunset Tuesday until further notice today.

State and U.S. highways and Interstates continued to be open, but drivers were put on high alert to travel as little as possible with the potential of iced-over bridges and roads.

As of 2 p.m. Tuesday no warming stations had been opened in the Wetumpka area. One warming station was opened in Tallassee.

Elmore County EMA public information officer Kim Trost said the stations had been put on standby until further notice.

Trost said the American Red Cross had also been notified in case a need was there.

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