As things are returning to normal following Tuesday’s snowstorm, local officials are looking back on the week that was.
According to Cherokee County Emergency Management Director Beverly Daniel, there were 45 automobile accidents logged by local first responders between 11 a.m. Tuesday and Midnight Thursday.
Most of those accidents had no injuries and there were no fatalities in Cherokee County.
We also had one stranded motorist. A man from out of town flipped his vehicle on Highway 9 and had to stay in a warming shelter until his family arrived to pick him up Thursday.
In addition, there were three Highway Department employees who were injured. The most serious was a broken hip.
Two county vehicles and one State Patrol vehicle received minor damage and there were also injuries reported by citizens due to falls on the ice.
Daniel thanked the Fire Department, Highway Crews, Police, Rescue Personnel and the Ambulance Service, who worked day and night doing what they could to clear the roadways and keep people safe.
Meanwhile in Etowah County, the number of calls to 911 quadrupled from the previous day.
On that Tuesday, 1-thousand 35 calls were answered by dispatchers, up from only 201 that Monday.
There were 269 wrecks that day in Etowah County along with 80 stranded motorists.
110 calls were to assist or transport citizens with medical needs.
65 calls were to transport students from area schools and 12 were to transport citizens on rural transportation buses.
The Alabama State Patrol reports that there were nine weather-related traffic fatalities on the state’s highways between Tuesday and Friday.
That included one deadly accident in Dekalb County that occurred Thursday morning.
53-year old Marie Duncan was killed when the vehicle she was driving slid on the ice, left the roadway and struck a tree.
The crash occurred at 7:15 a.m. on County 22 two miles east of Collinsville.