Slippery commute this morning (2nd update)
Fresh, sticking snow this morning led to slippery road conditions and a slew of mishaps on local roads.
There were at least nine reports of vehicles sliding off the road this morning in the Tri-Lakes area. No injuries were reported from any of those.
In Lake Placid, a section of Old Military Road was closed to traffic for about an hour after a tractor-trailer became stuck trying to get up a snow-and-ice-covered Riki Hill.
Lake Placid Fire Driver Matt Colby said the fuel-oil-carrying tractor-trailer became stuck around 7:15 a.m., closing a section of Old Military Road between Mill Pond Drive and Caroline Road. Village police and the village Highway Department, which put down sand, worked to get the truck back on the road by approximately 8 a.m.
Around 8:15 a.m., Lake Placid firefighters were called to a two-car collision on state Route 86, between Old Military Road and Caroline Road that was caused by slippery road conditions. Colby said there were no injuries, and firefighters returned to the fire station at 9:31 a.m.
Elsewhere, state police reported two crashes on state Route 3 between Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake, a third between Tupper Lake and Piercefield along the same road, and a fourth between Tupper Lake and Long Lake on state Route 30.
State police said there was another crash at the top of a three-lane section between Ray Brook and Lake Placid, and another between Whiteface Mountain Ski Center and High Falls Gorge in Wilmington.
Police said there was also a rollover near the school bus garage on state Route 3 between Bloomingdale and Saranac Lake.
Police also said there were reports of black ice on Forest Home Road near Saranac Lake, where one vehicle went off the road but was not damaged.
Saranac Lake village police issued an advisory urging motorists to be careful on their morning commutes due to the slippery road conditions.