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Four crashes close Manchester Highway
Rain blamed for poor driving conditions
According to Highway Patrol Lt. Billy Prater, driving conditions were less than ideal.
A single-car crash into a utility pole triggered four separate accidents Sunday night on Manchester Highway, with everyone escaping injury.According to Highway Patrol Lt. Billy Prater, driving conditions were less than ideal when the mishaps started happening shortly after 8 p.m. Sunday, given the heavy rain that had soaked the area.“The hard stuff had stopped but there was still that mist that kept the roads really slick,” Prater said, noting the treacherous conditions are what prompted one motorist to leave the four-lane in Morrison and strike a utility pole.“That sent a guy wire across the road,” said Prater, noting a westbound motorist, not seeing the wire across the road, slammed into it with the metal wire doing damage to the top of his vehicle. “The next motorist was in a truck and ran over the line and didn’t realize it.”The line, unbeknownst to the driver, had wound itself onto the undercarriage and was tightening as he reached the end of the line. The truck stopped dead in its tracks several yards away, causing the vehicle to overturn.Seeing the wreckage, another motorist attempted to make a U-turn but ended up pulling into the path of an oncoming vehicle.“We were fortunate no one was hurt,” Prater noted, adding law enforcement sealed off the road so the wreckage and lines could be removed from the four-lane.