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Icy roads cause many crashes

Four rollovers south of Madras
Treacherous highway conditions over the weekend resulted in numerous accidents, including at least four south of Madras on U.S. Highway 97, according to Oregon State Police reports.
   OSP and the Oregon Department of Transportation urge travelers to be alert and prepared for potential hazardous winter driving conditions on many mountain passes and other areas as people travel this weekend and for the upcoming New Year's holiday.
   OSP troopers responded to more than 30 crashes and vehicles sliding off the road along U.S. Highway 97 between Chemult and Warm Springs as well as several other incidents on Highway 20 west from Bend into the Santiam Pass area.
   In addition, two vehicles became partially entrapped following a snow slide onto Highway 20W at Hogg Rock. No one was injured and both vehicles were driven from the scene after being removed from the snow that blocked the westbound lanes about two hours.
   Highway 97 in the Madras area was very icy Sunday afternoon, when troopers and local emergency responders assisted at four rollover crashes between milepost 98 and 102 south of Madras.
   Police advised that drivers ensure that their vehicles are prepared and equipped for winter driving conditions. Carry tire chains that fit your vehicle's tires if traveling any mountain pass or area where chains could be required.
   Know before you go by monitoring media reports and checking available information and resources for where you will be traveling at www.TripCheck.com. OSP and ODOT also remind travelers of the Christmas Holiday period information and tips: www.oregon.gov/osp/NEWSRL/Pages/news/12_18_2012_pre_christmas_tips.aspx.