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After 48 accidents in three hours Cedar Rapids Police asking drivers to be extra cautious tonight

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) — Four to six inches of snow greeted morning commuters causing 48 accidents in just three hours, according to Cedar Rapids Police.

It made for a very busy morning for first responders and now they’re urging drivers to be extra cautious tonight.

“The snow and slippery roads. This is only our second snow of the years so people probably weren’t expecting this,” said CRPD Officers, Shannon Sampson.

They’re asking drivers to be cautious especially in neighborhoods when trick or treaters brave the snowy sidewalks.

“A lot of times they’re just focused on tricker or treating, getting candy, being with their friends and family, sometimes they may instead of going to the corner to cross may run out behind a parked vehicle to cross,” said Sampson.

However, some have opted for indoor trick or treats, such as the one held at the Collins Community Credit Union.

Andrew and Erica Mark were among the parents who brought their young daughter inside for some candy, “We were always going to come to the bank to trick or treat. We weren’t sure about tonight since she’s still so young I don’t know if it ruined it.”

In fact, despite the snowy conditions spidermen and witches were making the best out of the snow, parents too.

“My first thought was, this is kind of crazy for Halloween, but for me, I got an opportunity to cross country ski on Halloween which is a little unusual,” said Mark.

However, for those heading out CRPD asks to keep trick or treaters visible with glow sticks and flashlights and that residents clear the sidewalks and porches of snow and ice.

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Ashley Neighbor

Reporter, Cedar Rapids

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