CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Falling temperatures diminished the effectiveness of the salt the North Carolina Department of Transportation spread on roads and bridges on Friday.
To try to provide some traction, the NCDOT is switching to a mixture of salt and sand.
The sleet and freezing rain are gone but the icy roads overwhelmed police with accidents late Friday night.
There was a six-vehicle crash on Independence Boulevard, another where a woman, who police say was going too fast, spun out on Carmel Road, and another driver who spun out took down a sign on I-77 in Charlotte.
There were so many accidents that traffic in spots slowed to a crawl, possibly preventing even more accidents because drivers were forced to go slowly.
Many drivers said conditions were as bad as they had seen recently.
"Losing control and slipping and sliding, I hate it. I am a good old southern boy and and I don't like cold weather, and I don't like ice and all the snow,' said Terry Trundle, who was putting gas in his car that was covered with a sheet of ice.
Neighborhood roads, in some cases, were in the worst shape.
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A bridge over a small creek in the Madison Park neighborhood of Charlotte was iced over. Drivers who were going slow enough, saw the ice and slowed down. Finally a city DOT truck went buy and put down a fresh layer of salt.
Walking on untreated sidewalks was no picnic either, as Jerrod Lanam discovered as he tried to walk to work.
Said Lanam, "Very, very slick and dangerous."
While he did have to go to work, many businesses closed early in the afternoon to give employees a chance to get home.