The sheriff’s office is warning folks not to drive after midnight into the early morning hours.

SALEM, Ore. — Emergency crews responded to several crashes throughout Marion County on Sunday with icy roads being the major factor.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office says there were at least 11 crashes between midnight and early Sunday evening, some which resulted in serious injuries.

One on Sunnyside Road Southeast south of Delaney Road Southeast around 10:00 a.m. involved four vehicles going off an embankment. Emergency responders rescued the occupants. There is no word on their specific conditions.

The roads are so dicey with extremely cold temperatures near freezing for the next several days that the sheriff’s office is asking people not to drive after midnight into the early morning hours with conditions expected to be dangerous and unpredictable.

They recommend the following:

  • Stay home, only go out if necessary.
  • Always wear your seatbelt.
  • Drive with your headlights on
  • Drive slowly
  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly
  • Increase your following distance to five to six seconds
  • Know your brakes
  • Don’t stop if you can avoid it.
  • Don’t power up hills
  • Don’t stop going up a hill     

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