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Updated: 2/11/2014 6:51 pm
UNION COUNTY, Miss. (WTVA) - State troopers worked numerous wrecks here Tuesday morning.

A traffic accident involving two 18 wheelers brought traffic to a standstill just outside of New Albany.

Troopers say that accident caused another 18 wheeler to wreck.

Trooper Ray Hall said, "An 18 wheeler jackknifed and then another 18 wheeler ran into that vehicle. While traffic was backed up we had another accident involving an 18 wheeler."

More than 100 calls were answered by troopers in the New Albany district Tuesday morning alone.

It caused long delays on major highways, but one trucker we talked to said it's just part of driving in this kind of weather.

Peter Imijimi said, "I don't know what's going on ahead of me. If there's an accident and people need help that's more important right now."

Troopers remind us that even if roads look safe to drive on that there are slick spots everywhere.

Union County road workers started at 3:00 a-m salting bridges around the county.

Union County Road Manager James Byers said, "We were able to take care of those reasonably quick. Then the roads started freezing. We're not set up to do everything in Union County. We've got 540 miles of county roads. That's impossible to put salt on that many roads."

That's why officials say from major state highways to the smallest of county roads drivers should travel only when necessary.
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