Cleanup operations in town from Monday's snowfall only ran into only a few glitches, according to Public Works officials, while police, fire and EMS crews responded to 26 car accidents – none fatal – due to the slippery conditions.
Public Works street crews began salting at 1:30 p.m., working straight through the afternoon. As one to two inches of snow accumulated by early evening, salting operations ran into some snags, said Director of Operations Robert Lee.
"At eight o'clock it was determined to use DPW personnel to scrape the accumulated snow then re-salt. The operation went well and continued through the early morning hours," Lee said.
All town roads and buildings were cleared in time for the Tuesday morning commute.
Another issue was a water line break shortly after 8 p.m. Lee said that took valuable manpower away from snow removal operations for about four hours as repairs were made.
Police confirmed that many of the accidents occurred on state highways (routes 95 and 128) as cars slid off the roadway, but several accidents were in town as well. The first call came in to the police dispatcher at 1:15 p.m. and the 26th was reported at 8:44 p.m.
One rollover accident was reported just before 2 p.m. on Route 95 North near the ramp to Route 1 South at the Topsfield line.
Police, fire and emergency medical services responded to the scene and used the Jaws of Life to extricate one pinned occupant inside the vehicle. Further details were available.