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Sussex Co. Accidents on the Rise in 2015

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GEORGETOWN, Del.- At Joe's Towing, the owner who wanted to go just by Joseph or “Little Joe” has been very busy. That's because accidents are happening more frequently so far this year.

“Everybody thinks they can go to work in 20 minutes,” Joe said. “When it snows, you ain't going to make it in 20 minutes.”

His garage is packed full of cars with dented hubcaps, cracked windows and indented doors. It is a graveyard of metal.

And it's not just Joe's Towing that has seen this. Numbers acquired by WBOC show that so far this year, the number of accidents has jumped in Sussex County.

Sussex County:

2012: 535 Accidents
2013: 512 Accidents
2014: 544 Accidents
2015: 606 Accidents

Interestingly enough, this trend has not been the case for all of Delaware. In fact, statewide, the amount of accidents has actually gone down from this time last year.

Statewide:

2012: 2,842 Accidents
2013: 3,061 Accidents
2014: 3,392 Accidents
2015: 3,330 Accidents

Allison Kirk from the Office of Highway Safety said that this is likely due to the colder weather so far this year in southern Delaware.

“Usually, you look at New Castle County or Kent County,” she said. "That's where all the snow and everything usually hits. And Sussex County with the water usually pushes it off. But this year - I don't know if you noticed. I know I noticed that Sussex County got a lot more of the weather.”

A good example of this trend was the week of February 16th. For much of the week, the number of accidents was right around ten per day. But on Thursday when the bitter cold set in, there were 26 accidents, including one with three busses from the Woodbridge School District. Exact numbers provided by OHS are below:

Monday: 12 Accidents
Tuesday: 7 Accidents
Wednesday: 8 Accidents
Thursday: 26 Accidents
Friday: 11 Accident

Meanwhile, at Lewes Body Works, Owner Richard Perez walked WBOC through his lot, which was full of damaged cars.

"February has been awful,” he said. "And then with the blowing snow, that snow melts and ices back over. People are feeling you know confident in driving and then they hit an ice spot or black ice and it's all over.”

WBOC also acquired information on how many of these accidents occurred when there was ice, frost, slush or snow on the ground. As expected, this has also increased so far this year.

Sussex County:

2012:   26 Accidents
2013:   66 Accidents
2014: 126 Accidents
2015: 136 Accidents

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