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Winter storm causes a series of accidents on I-87

Drivers are warned to take caution during storm advisory

A tractor-trailer overturned just south of the Westport Exit on I-87 Friday afternoon, spilling its contents of packaging material. Several accidents had been reported due to ice and snow covered roads.

A tractor-trailer overturned just south of the Westport Exit on I-87 Friday afternoon, spilling its contents of packaging material. Several accidents had been reported due to ice and snow covered roads.

LEWIS — A number of accidents were reported throughout back roads in the North Country and on Interstate 87 over the course of the day Friday as winter weather descended over the area.

Several inches of snow had begun to accumulate by late Friday afternoon, causing vehicles to slide off slippery roadways, including a tractor-trailer overturning on its side and a Nissan truck off the road in the northbound lane of I-87 just south of Exit 31.

According to State Police Sergeant Richard Trombley, who was stationed at the Lewis barracks for the storm, officers and emergency personnel were attending to at least 10 accidents as of 6 p.m. Friday afternoon. Several accidents have resulted in passengers being taken away ambulance.

Troopers are urning drivers to use caution as they travel on the snow and ice covered roads. Blustery winds are adding to the problem by limiting visibility.

The winter weather advisory placed in effect Friday morning will continue until Saturday morning.

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