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Nebraska and Iowa state patrols help hundreds of drivers during a winter storm.

OMAHA, Nebraska (Nebraska) — Nebraska and Iowa military personnel jointly responded to more than 600 weather-related incidents, including 177 crashes during Thursday’s winter storm.

The Nebraska State Patrol says military personnel have responded to 249 motorist assistance cases and 20 crashes across the state, most of which occurred in eastern Nebraska. There were no life-threatening injuries reported in any of the crashes investigated by the State Patrol.

State Patrol Chief Colonel John Bolduc says injuries and property damage have been kept to a minimum because many have opted to stay at home.

“This storm resulted in higher than expected snowfall in areas with heavy traffic,” Bolduc said. “Although our military personnel have responded to a large amount of motorist assistance, the number of accidents with property damage or injury has been low due to the decision of many people to stay off the roads.”

There are still slippery spots in southern and eastern Nebraska today, so keep moving slowly over the ice or snow.

The military responded to more than 250 weather-related calls yesterday, the vast majority of which came from areas around Lincoln and Omaha.

Call *55 if you need assistance on the road. pic.twitter.com/nAzusDF8ow

— Nebraska State Patrol (@NStatePatrol) February 17, 2023

The Nebraska State Patrol says there are still slippery roads in areas affected by snow. Drivers who need roadside assistance can call the hotline at *55 or 800-525-5555.

Meanwhile, the Iowa Patrol says it answered 338 calls across the state Thursday, including 191 motorist assistance and 157 accidents.

Of the 157 accidents, only five involved injuries and none were fatal.

ISP Contacts: February 16, 2023 (12:00 to 21:00)

338 calls for help

157 – Accidents covered: 152 – Damage to property 5 – Injuries 0 – Fatalities

191 – Help a motorist pic.twitter.com/bFsJxtXUUf

— Iowa State Patrol (@iowastatepatrol) February 17, 2023

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