Ditched: Columbus drivers sliding off the road, emergency vehicl - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

Ditched: Columbus drivers sliding off the road, emergency vehicles not exempt

Tow truck pulls Engine 9 fire truck back onto the road on Arkansas St. Tow truck pulls Engine 9 fire truck back onto the road on Arkansas St.
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

As some Columbus residents attempt to brave the icy streets, several are ending up in ditches instead of their intended destinations, and emergency vehicles are not exempt from the danger.

On Arkansas Dr., an Engine 9 fire truck was towed out of a ditch after firefighters attempted to help a woman whose car had gotten stuck there. Columbus Fire Chief Ricky Shores tells News Leader 9 that the fire truck began to slide downhill, so the driver intentionally drove the truck into the ditch to prevent sliding further. The truck has not been damaged, and there are no injuries reported.  

One city worker tells News Leader 9 that they have put down an extra amount of sand in the area, noting that the State has provided a limited amount of salt. The sand is still dangerous and slippery to drive on.

Shores says black ice is a major concern, and officials are urging people to stay home unless it is absolutely necessary to leave.  

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