Light rains, road oils cause hazardous driving conditions

The light rains early Monday morning caused slippery roads and two wrecks.

Posted: Aug 27, 2018 3:55 PM
Updated: Aug 27, 2018 5:02 PM

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. -- Light rains that moved in overnight caused crashes on Monday morning, but they weren’t the only contributing factor.

Oregon Department of Transportation crews said a wreck on I-5 and another on Powers Highway were likely the result of oils on the roads.

Eric Standley, a Transportation Manager with ODOT, said those oils build up on the roads over the summer, and light, early-season rains will draw them out.

“Like, this morning was a light rain, so a little bit came up, it was a little slippery,” Standley said. “That will kind of happen over the next few rains until all these oils get washed off the roads, which could take some time.”

ODOT warns drivers to be cautious on the roads, especially during or after rains.

They said don’t tailgate and make sure you have a couple car lengths between you and the driver in front of you.

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