The sudden onslaught of snow delivered a one-two-punch to the Albany Corvallis area when three to four inches was dumped onto highways in Linn and Benton Counties in one hour. The snow has continued and so have the headaches for travelers as the hours pass.
Along Interstate 5, OTE personnel at the Santiam rest area are busy running snow plows and applying de-icing compound to walkways and high traffic areas.
OTE rest area supervisor Shawn White reports that motorists stranded by the 20 car pile up this morning have begun to walk along the freeway from their cars to the rest area to find relief.
Team assistant Josh Flores was busy helping motorists apply chains and find clear and safe paths to the restrooms.
Janitorial staff are hopping to keep restrooms clean and stocked with essential supplies.
You can see the situation in the photo gallery we have uploaded to this page. Click on any image to see a larger version.
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