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Tricky morning commute leads to school delays

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One of the several crashes in Columbia to which state police responded. (Columbia Resident State Trooper) One of the several crashes in Columbia to which state police responded. (Columbia Resident State Trooper)
A reported rollover on I-395 near exit 18 in Norwich. (WFSB) A reported rollover on I-395 near exit 18 in Norwich. (WFSB)
A truck was towed after a crash on I-395 in Norwich. (WFSB) A truck was towed after a crash on I-395 in Norwich. (WFSB)
TOLLAND, CT (WFSB) -

Several crashes were reported on highways and roads, mostly in northern Connecticut, as a result of Wednesday morning's snow and freezing rain.

Dispatchers in Willimantic reported a number of accidents in their town because of glare ice.

Windham Public Schools posted to social media that buses may be delayed when they pick up students due to road conditions. A two hour school delay was posted for the system. See more school delays here.

"It's getting better now, it's getting warmer but it was scary earlier on," said Holly Coutu, a Windham parent.

It was not the morning Coutu was expecting.

"First, my daughter got into an accident going to school today, they actually rear-ended a police cruiser. So, that was a little nerve-wracking," she explained.

Coutu lives in Windham and said everything, from her front steps to her dead-end street, was coated in ice.

The school system apologized for the late pickups, but said the bus company was instructed to take things slow.

"The poor buses were pulled over and I believe are still pulled over," Coutu said on Wednesday morning.

Her son, Dann Hubbard, said he passed those stopped buses.

"I passed it twice," Hubbard said. "On the way to work and the way out."

Between Windham and Willimantic, police said they responded to 18 calls, 15 of which were crashes. The remaining three for for slips and falls.

"There's been huge accidents everywhere, it's been very dangerous," Hubbard said.

Tolland County dispatchers said firefighters responded to the intersection of Route 6 and Route 87 for an eight-vehicle crash in Willimantic.

Elsewhere, a two-car crash took place on Route 66 eastbound near Columbia Glass, according to dispatchers.

State police in Columbia posted a few crashes to social media.

State police said a crash happened on Interstate 395 in Norwich near exit 18. No injuries were reported and no lanes were closed.

Incidents were also reported in North Windham and Mansfield.

Drivers had a warning for other drivers. They urged them to take their time.

"It looks like water! But, it's not really water. It's ice!" said Tim Auxier of Lisbon. "Drive carefully!"

For real-time traffic updates, check the Channel 3 traffic map here.

For more on the forecast, head here.

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