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Icy roads impacting travel before Holidays

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NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

While numerous people around the state geared for the holidays by completing their last-minute shopping, drivers were advised to be aware of the icy roads and how they will impact travel during the next few days. 

Local snow-plow driver John Guzie said the road conditions "are very unpredictable" and that he "would rather have snow as high as his truck instead of this ice." 

Guzie explained to Channel 3 that maintaining the roads when it is icy is a tougher task when there is snow.

"The snow, you just go out and you plow it off and get it cleaned up," Guzie said. 

Guzie said dealing with ice on the roads is different. 

"The ice you gotta stay on top of and monitor it and it's tricky, it's all about timing," Guzie said. 

When the roads were at their worst, an East Haven Police Officer and another driver crashed their cars at an I-95 on-ramp. 

Both drivers are in the hospital recovering from life-threatening injuries. 

Drivers across the state have noticed there are more cars on the highways than normal as people are beginning holiday trips. 

Local driver Dan McElwee admits he wanted to "put the pedal to the medal" as he drove from Newport, Rhode Island to see family in New Jersey. When he got on the highways, McElwee said he realized going "slow and safe was smarter."

"It's tempting to speed it up a little bit to see the family and get in a warm house," McElwee said.

But, the ice and visibility made it hard for drivers such as McElwee to see the road. 

"Visbility is a little tough due to the fog" and that he just "follows the traffic flow to stay safe," McElwee said.

McElwee hopes he is celebrating the holidays somewhere warm soon, but he also hopes others will be careful because as temperatures drop, icy roads threaten to have dire consequences. 

McElwee said "to just be careful on the roads and especially over bridges" and "to take it easy and just be as safe as you can."

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