Raleigh police, Highway Patrol respond to hundreds of wrecks around Triangle

— Raleigh police and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded Saturday morning to hundreds of wrecks on Triangle roads after freezing rain moved through the area overnight.

Below-freezing temperatures around the Triangle were enough to freeze the light amount of precipitation that fell on bridges and overpasses. As of 4:30 a.m., the Raleigh Police department said it responded to 187 crashes, and Highway Patrol troopers took on 179.

No fatalities were reported.

The wrecks temporarily closed or caused heavy delays on many of the major thoroughfares around Wake County, such as Interstates 40, 440 and 540. Police closed off some ramps and bridges to keep drivers off the roads most susceptible to icing.

But Peggy Beach, spokeswoman for the North Carolina Department of Transportation, said crews also closed roads as far west as Interstate 77 in Charlotte.

“It’s not just the Raleigh area. It’s various places around the state that are having issues,” Beach said. “So, we do ask people to be careful. If you have to go out, take extra time and be very, very careful.”

Higher temperatures will arrive around 9 a.m. to burn off the lingering ice.

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