The sudden winter weather this week contributed to multiple car crashes around town Tuesday night.

“It was the type of morning you check to make sure all your trees are still there and your shingles are still in the roof," said Campbell County Emergency Management Coordinator David King, about the heavy winds Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.

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apainter

It isn't the snow. It's the bogus ice melt some City or County politician has been buying from their relatives for a decade or more now. The stuff mixes with the snow and makes something slicker than oil on sheet metal.

It's a plain hazard that's been deliberately put on our streets to profit somebody whose job is to remove hazards from our streets.

justmyopinion

Hmmm... I can't say that I agree with "apainter" about the family ice melt. Welcome to Wyoming!!! We really haven't driven on such a slick surface simply because we haven't had the ice and snow. It was every bit as icy and slick on any highway coming in or out of Gillette, not just in town. My very own driveway was a sheet of glass before anything was put on it and I still slid down into the street. We forget how to handle such conditions and... accidents will happen.

apainter

Hi, justmyopinion.

As a Gillette native with over 30 years' experience being a Gillette native, I remember when they put down gravel and salt (together) to combat the icy conditions. That is a highly effective combination, where the salt melts whatever sits on the paved road during the day and then the gravel assists with vehicle traction if it gets cold enough at night to re-freeze anyway.

With real safety measures in place, you see lots of red dust accumulating on your car doors and rockers (just under the door) and hubs. With the fake stuff, which literally makes it slicker than naked ice, you instead see sickly-gray looking slush build up in the middle and sides of the paved road and if you touch the brakes at any speed you will slide right into treated intersections.

I looked out my windows yesterday and saw the sickly-gray slush building up, and driving is just as dangerous as it has been for over a decade now, so I know they're using the same stuff.

I suppose it's fair to say that my remark about somebody buying it from family amounts to gossip I overheard in a barbershop years ago. It's the only explanation that ever made sense, though, as to why this trash was ever used more than one season.

Ka12

The product used for ice melt or reducing slick streets doesn't make anyone happy. People complain about the scoria gravel because it leaves a mess and red dust everywhere. People don't like the chemical ice melt because it leaves a residue everywhere. So no win situation. I'm just glad SOMETHING is being used and I don't care where it comes from. People just need to slow down and pay attention when the roads are bad.

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