Winter Weather Proving Treacherous as Holiday Travel Begins

, Written by Jennifer Elliott, Posted: Wed, December 18 2013 at 3:17 PM, Updated: Thu, December 19 2013 at 7:44 PM

    The Holidays may be the most wonderful time of the year ...but it's also fraught with dangers, especially on the road. Two accidents took place within hours of each other this morning.
  This is what Star Collision Center calls "The Boneyard." Dozens of totaled vehicles, wrecked just this past week. "Ever since the storm hit it's been hectic and we've been playing catchup," says Tow truck operator Albert Lopez.

     Crashes, delays, and injuries. Lopez is seeing it first hand everyday. "Too close, slick black ice, bald tires, they don't know how to stop."

     Foggy conditions and slick roads are keeping two truck companies busy across the valley. Two crashes happened within hours of each other.

It could get worse. AAA reports holiday road travel is expected to increase for the 5th straight year in a row: 85.8 million people out on the roads.

    NBC 5's Chief Meteorologist Jeff Heaton is issuing this warning to drivers ahead of next weeks weather. "The possibility exists for fog again and check conditions and forecasts.

    A reminder to plan for the worst. "Be prepared with a full tank, cell phone, charger, food, water, games for kids, medicines..." lists Gary Leaming from the Oregon Department of Transportation.
    Because if you do become stranded, or worse, end up in an accident...  the tow truck driver isn't usually the first person you want to see on their vacation.

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Jennifer Elliott

Jennifer Elliott anchors the primetime newscast FOX26 First News at Ten on NBC5’s partner station, KMVU/FOX26. She also reports for NBC5 News.

Jennifer began her career at NBC5 News in 2011 as a production assistant. Raised in Southern Oregon, she studied voice and piano while attending South Medford High School.

After graduating from Brigham Young University-Idaho, she returned home and added organ playing to her music repertoire. In addition to her musical talents, Jennifer is an award winning artist.

She has also co-hosted Southern Oregon’s Got Talent, the area’s premiere talent show. Jennifer is married and the mother of two young sons who keep her busy and very happy.

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