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Accidents keep Frenchtown first responders busy

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FRENCHTOWN - Frenchtown firefighters have been busy this weekend thanks to our winter weather.

They say they normally respond to about one or two calls in 24 hours, but that changed on Saturday as crews answered nine calls - including one for an overturned semi that had been carrying apples.

The crash occurred on I-90 eastbound at mile marker 65. When emergency responders arrived on the scene, the semi was leaking diesel from its refrigeration system.

Another accident occurred on Deep Creek and Southside Road where a vehicle slid down a steep embankment, 200-plus feet. in order to reach the vehicle, responders set up a rope rescue system.

Once they reached the vehicle it was unoccupied with law enforcement saying that the driver had gotten himself to the hospital.

Frenchtown Rural Fire District spokesman Mel Holtz says bridges and corners are the biggest concern during the winter.

"The other section of the roads looked ok so it gave people some kind of false sense that they were OK when they were actually coming up some black ice," Holtz said.

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