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Bad road conditions wreak havoc and force drivers off the roads

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

Quincy streets are pretty much clear, but now that the temperatures are dropping, that slush is now frozen solid.

Bringing yet a new challenge for drivers Thursday night.

"It's way too dangerous there were times I was regretting coming down from Loraine, just north of here, there were times there I just regret even leaving," said Mark Filloon, a truck driver traveling through the tri-states.

Even the professionals are getting off the road tonight.

Mark Filloon is parking his wheels in West Quincy tonight after the many accidents he saw today.

"Nobody was giving anybody any waiting room, I saw a couple that collided, it was because one person was going faster than the other and couldn't stop and rear ended the other person," said Filloon.

Tow truck driver D.J. Peters has been pulling vehicles out of ditches all day.

He says some of the accidents he saw today could have been prevented.

"People were actually going down the highway using their cruise control, that's a big 'no no' during these slushy times and running into snow and all that, it's going to want to keep up with the speed that you set it at and that causes the car to drift off, or slide, and you'll end up in a ditch," said Peters.

Peters says if you get stranded in your vehicle, there are some things you should already have in your car.

"A warm blanket and some food and water, something like that to get you by because emergency vehicles are having tough trouble right now too, they might not get to you right away, you need to kind of plan for a couple hours if not longer before somebody gets to you," said Peters.

Peters says another thing he sees that drivers often forget to do is to dust the snow off their headlights which will help other drivers see you and could ultimately prevent an accident.

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