WINTER WEATHER: Full Plate For Emergency Crews

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Iowa law enforcement officials and emergency crews stayed busy Thursday responding to hundreds of accidents caused by slippery roads.

In the Iowa State Patrol’s District 1, which includes Boone, Story, Marshall, Dallas, Polk, and Jasper counties, there were 26 accidents reported. Three of them involved personal injury and the other 23 were for property damage.

The State Patrol says it also responded to nearly 50 other calls for motorist assists.

Motorist assists were largely people who were stuck and couldn’t get their cars to move on icy roads.

Westcom, which covers dispatch duties for West Des Moines, Clive, Urbandale and Norwalk, says its agencies responded to 74 property damage accidents, eight personal injury accidents and 105 motorist assists from 3:30 p.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Between 3:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Thursday, Westcom took 215 911 calls and 203 calls on its administrative line. During the same period Wednesday Westcom only received 34 911 calls.