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Wet Weather Causing Wrecks On Roadways

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LAS VEGAS -- The rain is making driving a challenge as slick roads have led to dozens of wrecks on Las Vegas valley roads.

It's been slow going at times on the freeways around town as rain has reduced visibility and caused some people to lose control.

Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Loy Hixson said the rain is mixing with oil and other build-up on the roads, leading to dangerous situations.

"Drivers are just, of course, forgetting they need to slow down, give themselves more room and just anticipate the roadways are going to be that much more slippery," Hixson said. "The majority of our calls, obviously, are a lot of accidents."

NHP responded to more than 50 crashes in a three hour period Thursday as the storm brought sheets of rain, soaking the highways. The rain came down fast and furious at times as it rolled through the valley.

Some drivers said it is all about being aware of the limits when the roads are wet and slippery.

Driver Tim O'Callaghan said he saw several drivers slide through red lights and is aware of the road phenomenon some say is akin to an ice rink.

"The roads are slick. People don't know when to stop. I've seen a couple of close accidents today," O'Callaghan said. "The oil and the grit sticks to the surface, and as soon as it rains it comes to the top and it's slicker than black ice."

Hixson said many of the calls NHP has received are single vehicle crashes when drivers spin out of control. Troopers recommend drivers give themselves as much time as possible to get to where they need to go. NHP is warning drivers to be on the look out for actual ice as the temperatures drop - especially on highway bridges and overpasses near Mount Charleston.

"We are going to have extra vehicles out there. Nothing out here is worth losing your life over or worth losing safety," Hixson said.

Metro Police said they responded to their fair share of crashes as well.

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