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390 whiteout conditions

By: Alexis Arnold


Rochester, N.Y. -- Those terrifying seconds, sometimes minutes when the road in front of you disappears.

Poor visibility along 390 is what drivers and emergency responders faced all day Tuesday.

In that area of 390 between Brooks Avenue to the bridge going over the Genesee River, we've had issues with whiteout conditions, Gates Fire District James Harrington said.

Its an area Chief Harrington won't forget.

He was one of the first responders there in 2008 when whiteout conditions caused a multi-car pile-up on 390 near the airport.

Tuesday his department responded to seven calls in the same area with lessons learned from the past.

We try and secure that scene as quick as possible to make it as safe, number one for the individuals who were involved in the accident and also number two for the emergency responders, Chief Harrington said.

Even though a snow fence was put up to help minimize the amount of snow that blows onto the highway, it's still a problem without a permanent fix.

New York State Department of Transportation spokeswoman, Lori Maher says, The snow fence does provide some helpfulness of course it's not a be all, end all. It doesn't stop every snowflake from going across the expressway but it's not that much different than other open areas and numerous fields and open field across the state highways.

In December, a jury did rule in a lawsuit in favor of the victims of that crash and found the county negligent.

13WHAM News reached out to the county to ask how they plan to handle operations moving forward in these conditions.

They referred us to their attorney.

Our calls were not returned.

 
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