D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - Police departments across South Mississippi are working overtime to make sure everybody stays safe. They say, for the most part, people have heeded the warnings to stay off the roadways until they are clear.
WLOX News rode along with D'Iberville police Wednesday morning when road conditions ranged from somewhat slick to downright treacherous.
It doesn't matter if you're in a big four-wheel drive truck or a compact car. Ice is the great equalizer when it comes to winter driving.
A three car fender bender at the Interstate 110 on ramp was the first of several crashes blamed on the ice.
"When he pulled off the side, the whole truck started sliding down the hill, and he just bumped the other car," said a police officer who responded to the wreck.
By late morning, ice covered roads remained the biggest threat to travel in D'Iberville and everywhere else in South Mississippi.
"I don't care what kind of vehicle you drive. It doesn't matter if you're a police officer or a fireman. When you hit ice, you're just going to be out of control," said Clay Jones with the D'Iberville police department.
"Most of our roads are frozen at this time. They're clearing up as the crews are out replacing salt and sand on the roadway. They're clearing up somewhat, but they're probably going to be frozen for the rest of the day."
"It's iced over and everyone is sliding everywhere up here," an officer said over the police radio.
That dangerous slick spot is Lamey Bridge Road in front of Indian Trails subdivision. Among the cars sliding off the ice covered road: a D'Iberville police officer.
"Was in this lane right here, and the car just started sliding and wouldn't stop," said the officer whose cruiser slid sideways and off the road.
"This is pretty bad. The roads are so icy, and I've been doing this a long time. We've had other ice storms, but I think this takes the cake," said D'Iberville Police Chief, Wayne Payne.
Police officers worked extra shifts and were stationed at strategic spots throughout the city to meet the challenge of prompt response, despite the dangerous road conditions.
"Just getting to the calls in a safe manner. I think that's always going to be a challenge when there's inclement weather, but our first responders have done an outstanding job," said Jones.
By noon Wednesday, a good quarter inch of ice still covered the road near the intersection of Highways 15 and 67. Thankfully, light traffic keeps the situation from getting worse.
"We're so thankful our citizens heeded the warnings and the traffic was very low," said Payne.