Wood said his deputies also stayed safe, even as they responded to a multitude of accidents on hazardous roads. He said one deputy’s cruiser did slide off the roadway, but he said he was uninjured and the damage to the car was minimal.
There’s a good chance those accidents reported to emergency personnel were only a part of the total number of incidents that took place. Many people may have chosen to call for help from family and friends.
Wood said the volume of reported accidents in the county was so high that some motorists may not have spoken to a deputy. He said drivers can go to his office, located in the old courthouse, to fill out an incident form to submit to their insurance companies as long as only one car was involved and no injuries were reported.
“We encourage those people to stop by the sheriff’s office anytime,” Wood said.
The ice may have slowed down some emergency responders, which included local fire departments and Somerset-Pulaski County EMS, along with the police, but they stayed out in full force throughout Friday, responding to reports of injuries resulting from falls on the ice along with the vehicle accidents.
“They (SPD officers) are still out there,” said Smith. “They’ll be out there in the coldest temperatures, deepest snows, and sunny skies. It doesn’t matter.
“When it hits again, we’ll be back out there,” Smith added.