YONKERS, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Wet roads and freezing temperatures proved to be a dangerous combination across the Tri-State area, especially in Westchester County.
Police have blocked off the southbound Bronx River Parkway between Scarsdale Road and Desmond Avenue in Yonkers after 14 cars were involved in four separate accidents along the mile-and-a half stretch of the roadway Sunday night.
“We heard eight or nine more thumps over the following couple minutes, and we called police because this has happened before,” said Jane Abady, who saw the aftermath from her Bronxville home. “We’ve seen cars pile up I think every year.”
Abady said her son ran out to help.
“Heard a lot of screaming and yelling. It was very upsetting, and then police arrived,” Abady said. “There was a poor woman parked out out here whose husband had been in a car that flipped over.”
Westchester County police said 10 people suffered minor injuries after losing control on a sheet of ice.
Guardrails and an overpass near Desmond Avenue sustained extensive damage and the road could remain closed until Tuesday, as the Westchester County Department of Transportation makes repairs, WCBS 880’s Sean Adams reported.
In New Jersey, police said about 20 cars were involved in a massive pile-up on southbound Route 1 and 9 at Tonnele Circle in Jersey City on Sunday night.
Cars spun out and scattered in every direction, leaving at least two people hurt.
In Clifton, parts of westbound Route 3 and southbound Route 17 also had to be shut down after slippery roads caused accidents in those areas.
Crews loaded up trucks with salt in East Rutherford, hitting the Garden State Highway to prevent them from freezing over during the overnight hours.
In New York City, salt trucks were out doing rounds as well, treating the street to prevent the build-up of ice.