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'People just need to slow down,' chief deputy says

The final crash count in Jefferson County Thursday reached five in a six-hour time frame/KTVO

The final crash count in Jefferson County Thursday reached five in a six-hour time frame.

Chief Deputy Bart Richmond told KTVO slick roads sent a few vehicles off of the road, one in a median and another into the rear of a second vehicle.

He said the first crash of the day was reported around 9 a.m. and it got pretty hectic from there.

KTVO was at the scene of one of the more serious crashes at around 2 p.m. Thursday, in the westbound lane of Highway 34 near the Jefferson County Health Center.

Dispatchers initially said multiple vehicles were involved, however when deputies arrived there were only two; one that rolled in the ditch, another that came to a rest in the fast lane.

Richmond said one person was taken to the hospital with a possible broken leg.

Deputies then responded to another vehicle in the ditch a few miles down the road.

Richmond said the sheriff's office usually expects accidents when it snows. He added that the best way to avoid it is to slow down.

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