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Del. Crash Totals Could be Lower Due to Holiday

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Monday's road conditions. (Photo: WBOC) Monday's road conditions. (Photo: WBOC)

SUSSEX COUNTY, Del. - Although roads were treacherous for Delaware drivers during Monday's storm, crash totals were lower than one might expect.

Snow left side roads slick and dangerous, mostly during the morning hours. Some streets in Sussex County were coated with up to 3 inches.

Zac Melvin works for UPS and was out driving all day.

"When it started sleeting and stuff, I saw a few cars sliding and stuff like that," he said. "So I knew there were plenty of cars out there that didn't have the traction they needed to stop if they needed to."

Even with the dangerous conditions,  you might be surprised to know it could have been worse.

Tony Malhotra, who owns Uncle Willie's gas station in Lewes, said he typically sees more crashes on a snow day of this magnitude.

"Not too many cars on the road, because of President's Day and less traffic and a lot of snow on the road," he explained. "A different day has a lot of accidents man, believe me, a lot of them."

According to Delaware State Police, Malhotra's right. There were fewer crashes than expected because fewer people were driving due to the holiday.

In fact, police said Sussex County saw 50 crashes with vehicle damage and only one with personal injury. In Kent County, there were four crashes total.

The majority of all these crashes were between 8 a.m and noon.


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