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More Than Dozen Accidents on I-78 and 287 in Bernards Area

State police out cleaning up, but traffic is not blocked.

State police in Somerville said troopers were out on I-78 and Route 287 responding to about 14 to 15 accidentsin the Bernards Township area between about 1 to 2 p.m. on Friday, as snow and an icy hail continued to fall on roads.

A two-car accident at about 1 p.m. on I-78 westbound at milepost 28, just west of the intersection with Route 287, resulted in no major injuries, according to state police. He said a trooper was at the scene after 2 p.m., but traffic was flowing smoothly.

A bypasser said that a car was on the median in that mishap.

The Basking Ridge Fire Co. was seen heading to a crash on Route 287 northbound at milepost 25.5 at about 1:30 p.m.

Another car had skidded off the road at mile marker 28.6 on Route 297 southbound shortly after.

State police said they did not have any other details on specific accidents as of shortly after 2 p.m. Friday.

Skip February 08, 2013 at 07:53 PM
Hate it when they use mile markers for location.
Linda Sadlouskos (Editor) February 08, 2013 at 07:56 PM
Mile markers are near exits -- ie. 25.5 and 28 near interchange 26 off Route 287. Unfortunately, can't think of a better way! LS
LC February 09, 2013 at 02:14 AM
Today, I was on Mount Airy heading north, at goltra. I was at less than 15 mph. Hit a patch of very slippery snow or ice and my car spun slowly about one full turn. Luckily I was going slowly and there was no traffic, and I was able to recover.
Linda Sadlouskos (Editor) February 09, 2013 at 02:24 AM
Hi LC _ glad no one else was around when you slid. I guess you're staying home tonite!
Endjin February 09, 2013 at 01:41 PM
I have good news! Snow tires have already been invented in the 30's! http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snow_tires Ps: you're welcome ;)
Linda Sadlouskos (Editor) February 09, 2013 at 02:12 PM
What REALLY saved me when I was a new driver was studded tires — no longer permitted in NJ.
LC February 09, 2013 at 07:31 PM
In my case, driving as slow as 15 mph helped me regain control without hitting the pavement, trees, etc., and the lack of oncoming traffic was a blessing. Studded tires aren't permitted here since they damage the road surface, like Linda said.

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