Icy conditions blamed for fatal crash that claimed life of North Carolina woman

Published 6:20 am Wednesday, February 9, 2022

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A North Carolina woman was killed in a crash which apparently resulted from freezing rain that made roads slick and created problems across the area, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol said Monday.

Troopers said Irma Poso, 64, of East Bend, was killed when her vehicle swerved off the road just west of Winston-Salem and hit a tree, news outlets reported. Poso died at the scene, the patrol said.

The patrol said it is looking into the crash, but its early investigation indicates icy conditions were a factor.

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Freezing rain is also being blamed for a multi-vehicle accident on Interstate 40 west of downtown Winston-Salem, the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office said.

According to the sheriff’s office, the crash in the westbound lanes involved at least 10 vehicles.

To the east, Greensboro police said two lanes of I-40 West at N.C. Highway 68 and two lanes of I-40 East at Interstate 73 are closed due to traffic crashes in which icy conditions were seen as a factor. In addition, the exit ramp from Interstate 73 Southbound to I-40 Eastbound was closed due to icy conditions.

A winter weather advisory was in effect for portions of central North Carolina until early Monday afternoon because of freezing rain.