Snow Packed Stop Lights Causing Accidents
The storm may still be causing accidents in the metro, and it's not because of slick roads.
Some traffic lights are packed with snow, and drivers can't tell whether or not they're supposed to stop. KMTV Action 3 News witnessed an unfortunate example of that Friday afternoon.
At 144th & Eagle Run Drive, the southbound lights were blocked with snow and ice so drivers had a hard time knowing if they were supposed to stop. Even when eastbound cars had a green light, folks were still plowing right through the intersection. At around noon on Friday, an accident occurred while our cameras were rolling. No one was seriously hurt.
"I just saw the accident happen but you can't see the lights turn, you can't see if it's red or green and I've been seeing it all over town this morning too," said Krissy Moseley.
The Omaha Street Maintenance Department says they log all complaints, and if they get complaints about a certain area they will make it a priority. You can contact their department at 444-5160 if you would like to file a complaint.
OPD says they get several calls a day of traffic lights not working properly. They say anyone who observes a hazardous situation such as this can call 911. Dispatchers will send an officer and they can get a hold of the street department accordingly.