An overnight dusting of snow and ice delayed school openings today and is being blamed for approximately 30 vehicle accidents across the region, none involving life-threatening injuries.
Capt. John Young of the Elizabeth City Police Department said nine accidents have been reported in the city since 5 a.m. today. Young said two of them were on the bridges over Knobbs Creek and one happened on the Halstead Extended Boulevard bridge.
Saunders said those are two trouble spots during inclement weather.
"People just need to know that those are going to be bad areas when we have icy conditions," she said.
Saunders said she has not received any reports of any life-threatening injuries in the accidents.
In Camden County, Sheriff Tony Perry said he's received reports of three vehicle accidents. One occurred on the high-rise bridge over the Dismal Swamp Canal near South Mills, Perry said.
Another, which happened on the Camden Causeway, involved a vehicle leaving the roadway and ending up in a swampy area. The other involved five vehicles on U.S. Highway 158 near the medical park, Perry said.
Perry said no injuries were reported.
In Perquimans County, Sheriff Eric Tilley said two vehicle wrecks were reported on the U.S. Highway 17 high-rise bridge over the Perquimans River. One person complained of minor injuries after the accident, Tilley said.
In Currituck County, one truck reportedly was in the ditch on Tolls Creek Road. In addition, an accident on Ballahack Road in Chesapeake, Va., backed up traffic on N.C. Highway 168 near the Virginia-North Carolina line.
The Elizabeth City area received four-tenths of an inch of snow over the past 24 hours, according to the Weather Channel's Internet site.
Concerns about icy roads prompted officials in all area school districts to delay school openings today by two hours.