Slick Roadways Lead to Accidents in Winchester Area

Winchester Police officers were called to several accidents during the snowy Wednesday morning commute, while our readers reported problematic areas around town.

Winchester Police responded to several accidents during the snowy Wednesday morning commute, while our readers reported problematic areas around town. 

On Wednesday morning, we asked our Winchester Patch Facebook page readers to report any issues they encountered during the commute in and around Winchester.

Reader Greg Chastain said, "South Border (Road) was shut down for some reason as they turned us around when we tried to reach I-93." Fellow reader Lauren Tavares Fogarty claimed that she "heard there was an accident by COS that caused a good deal of traffic."

Fogarty's report turned out to be accurate, as there was an accident on South Border Road Wednesday morning, according to police.

At 7:45 a.m., Winchester officers were called to South Border Road for a report of a multi-vehicle accident, according to Lt. Peter MacDonnell. State Police also responded and handled the scene, which was in Medford, according to MacDonnell.

Winchester Police blocked off part of South Border Road while emergency responders worked to clear the scene, according to McDonnell. Winchester officers were on scene for about 45 minutes, he added.

It's unclear if anyone was injured during the crash.

Readers claimed that many of the town's roads were unplowed and slippery.

"Hills on uncleared roads were very slick," wrote Alan Ruben. Reader Ann Polce MacDonald added, "...The entire (town) was slick and nothing was plowed. All the sidewalks were covered with snow ... not sure how the kids walked in that to school."

Meanwhile, reader Sarah Dallas Milt said, "There was a car attempting to go up Canal Street this morning (we walked our kids to Lynch Elementary School and were on our way home), slipping all over the place. It made it impossible for anyone to go anywhere ... big back up on that street in both directions. Finally a plow guy stopped and told her to just back down the hill and go a different way. Problem solved!"

Did you experience any difficulties during the snowy commute on Wednesday? Join the conversation by posting a comment below.

swimmom January 16, 2013 at 06:22 PM
"not sure how the kids walked in that to school"? Umm they but boots on and managed to walk in 2 inches of snow.
Sachem January 16, 2013 at 09:06 PM
swimmon, I agree!! Its funny that there's more SUVs in Winchester than any town on the planet and people can't get around in 2 inches of snow. Its not Florida, people.
Jean McLaren January 16, 2013 at 10:39 PM
I can't believe none of the roads were treated in winchester. I watched three cars slide down side streets toward Washington St. and one almost hit a school bus. I also was on South Border Rd. and spent 20 minutes in traffic only to be turned around. They couldn't have sent a police officer up the road to tell people to turn around??!!!
YM January 17, 2013 at 02:20 PM
My road was partially plowed, to be precise upto the start of my driveway making a big snow mountain there, which made it very hard for me to pull my car out! Wonder what were the plowers thinking!!! Expect better service in Winchester.


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