Washington state patrol troopers responded to over 70 collisions in Pierce and Thurston County before 8 a.m. Tuesday, according to Trooper Robert Reyer.
Although temperatures are mostly above freezing as of Tuesday morning, overnight temperatures led to icy and slick roads, creating dangerous driving conditions.
The Mason County Sheriff’s Office and West Pierce Fire & Rescue also reported numerous collisions caused by icy roads and slick conditions in those areas.
WSDOT crews around Tacoma were out overnight pre-treating roads for ice and snow and clearing collisions, but said it was “a tough go between Lacey and Tacoma” due to multiple crashes on Interstate 5, state Route 510 and State Route 16. As of 8:08 a.m., there were more than 5 miles of backup leading to Puyallup after a collision on westbound state Route 512, just east of I-5.
Trooper Reyer asked drivers to slow down and increase following distances between cars to stay safe on the wet, snowy and icy roads.
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