Slippery roads lead to crashes

By: Loryll Nicolaisen, Journal Staff Writer
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A couple of collisions on wet roads Saturday serve as a reminder that motorists should alter their driving habits with the incoming rainy season. California Highway Patrol and Auburn Police briefly closed the Elm Avenue eastbound Interstate 80 onramp Saturday afternoon as crews cleaned up after a two-vehicle, non-injury collision involving a 1999 Mercedes 250C and a 1998 Toyota pickup. The collision occurred shortly before noon. CHP Sgt. Dan Fugate said the front end of the Mercedes sustained major damage and the front right side of the Toyota had moderate damage. Local agencies also responded to a call around 1:30 p.m. Saturday for a rollover on Foresthill Road between the Upper and Lower Lake Clementine gates. The CHP incident information page indicates at least one of the individuals involved in the crash was transported by ambulance to Sutter Roseville Medical Center. As of Saturday afternoon, the incident was still under investigation, Fugate said. With the start of the wet season, it’s important to rethink driving habits, Fugate said. “A big thing is to really increase the distance between cars, especially on the freeway,” he said. “Wear your seatbelt. Don’t be afraid to swing by the auto parts store for some new wipers.” Fugate also said motorists must turn on headlights during inclement weather.