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I-80 pileup shows disaster plan works

When calls began streaming in Sunday morning to Mercer County’s 911 center, dispatchers quickly noticed something was different about the nature of the emergency. First, the callers were all drivers on Interstate 80. Second, dispatchers heard unusual noises in the background, said Frank Jannetti, the county’s public safety director. “The bizarre part was that [dispatchers] were taking calls from callers while other vehicles were hitting the callers cars,” Jannetti said. “They were hearing the impact of the accidents, so they knew they had a big problem.” It quickly became evident to Jannetti he had to mobilize the county’s resources to deal with a massive pileup of more than 80 vehicles caused when a blinding snowstorm swept through the region. I-80 westbound was shut down for more than eight hours and the eastbound lanes were closed for two hours. Full Story

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