Despite icy road conditions, people still hit stores in Greenville

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Pitt County DOT is salting and brining the roads to make sure you are safe. Greenville Police responded to several accidents on bridges due to icy conditions Saturday. Drivers say the roads don’t look bad, but when you start driving it’s a different story.

“I’ve seen a lot of cars in the ditches coming from Bethel,” Jeff Warren said.

April Whooten said, “From 264 there was a truck that hit a rail and we had to drive through it but it was slippery on 264.”

Pitt County residents say they didn’t expect the roads to be this icy. “On the way coming from Ayden to Greenville, there were a lot of people that were speeding and there were icy spots,” explained Darryl Nichols

DOT Maintenance Engineer Jeremy Stroud says they’ve had ten trucks salting and brining the roads all day.  He says there is black ice in spots.

“Our primary routes are 264 and 11. We are putting out brine out for any potential snow and to break lose if the black ice is there now. We are also salting some bridges and everywhere else in the county,” Stroud said.

He says it’s important for drivers to not follow too closely to salt trucks. “Give us a little room and let the salt stick to the roadway and it will work better for us.”

As for the people, “I plan on staying in the house where it is nice and warm and that’s it,” said Whooten.

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