ROCK SPRINGS — Snow-packed roads and rain made for treacherous driving Monday morning, causing eight crashes in the Rock Springs at about 8 a.m.

The majority of the crashes happened in the area of Thorpe and Edgar streets, said Public Information Officer Alison Deters of the Rock Springs Police Department.

Police Chief Duane Pacheco shut down Edgar Street for a period of time Monday morning after seeing the condition of the road, Councilman Glennise Wendorf said. She and Pacheco were serving hot chocolate to crossing guards in the area at that time, when the road’s condition was at its worst.

Deters said Foothill Drive coming into Rock Springs was also very slick, and several reports of crashes in that area came in Monday morning. Many motorist assist calls also came in that morning, she added.

The police department warns residents that many residential areas remain slick due to the weather conditions and asks motorists to be extremely cautious. Deters said city crews were busy Monday dropping sand on streets all over town, but travel restrictions may occur as weather conditions deteriorate into the evening and early Tuesday morning.

Give space

Green River Det. Luke Benson said as of 4 p.m. Monday, except for two calls of people being stuck in the snow, it was a quiet day in Green River.

“I don’t want to jinx us, but we hadn’t had any accidents reported,” he said.

There were four accidents, without injuries on Saturday and Sunday, he said.

Benson advised motorists to give extra space for travel and braking.

“Keep the windshields clear and buckle up,” he said.

Gregory R.C. Hasman contributed to this story.

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