Icy Road Fatality Statistics

During the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 winter seasons, icyroadsafety.com compiled a list of all reported fatal road ice-related accidents in the United States. The data was collected by daily monitoring and searching of online news feeds from media sources nationwide, including newspapers, television stations, and news sites. Consequently, this data reflects the minimum possible number of fatalities, as undoubtedly many fatal crashes go unreported in the news media.

Based on news media reports, there were at least 477 deaths due to icy roads in the United States during the 2008-2009 winter season, and at least 458 during the 2009-2010 winter season. The two-year average between these seasons is 467 fatalities per year.

Download Excel spreadsheet file of full 2009-2010 state-by-state data

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Maps

Risk Zones: The map above shows where fatal icy road crashes are most likely to occur based on two seasons of data (2008-2010). Fatal crashes can occur anywhere icing occurs, however - even in the deep South! The data shows that the Midwestern and Plains states have the highest incidence of road ice-related deaths. These are regions that traditionally place the majority of their weather awareness on convective severe weather (hail, tornadoes and high winds) that inflict comparitively much less human casualties:

Comparing 2008-2009 Average Annual Fatalities from Tornadoes [4] and Road Ice [1]
State
Tornado
Fatalities [4]
Road Ice
Fatalities [1]
Oklahoma
7
15
Kansas
2
14
Texas
0
19
Iowa
6
22
Missouri
11
20
Minnesota
1
27

Sources: [1] icyroadsafety.com, based on published media reports; [4] NOAA data (2008, 2009)

Probable explanations for the Plains/Midwest region's higher road ice fatality numbers are the fact that travel often takes place on rural highways at high speeds, the average trip/errand requires more mileage (increasing the risk of ice encounters), and all travel must be done by automobile (public transportation or walking/biking is not an option). In addition, unlike in northern states, icing events in the Midwest/Plains tend to be intermittent and widely spaced in time rather than season-long. Intermittent icing events cause more deaths because motorists are caught unprepared. In general, the fewer road icing events a location sees per winter, the greater the rate of fatalities per event results.

Areas where roads are snow and ice covered most of the winter (such as the Rockies and the Upper Midwest region) tend to have a lower concentration of road ice deaths due to the population being well-adjusted to the hazard. Most road ice fatalities in the Rockies, for instance, occur with out-of-state travelers passing through on the major highways. Major urban areas - such as Chicago and much of the New England region - also tend to have lower fatality rates, most likely due to shorter distances on the average trip/errand, available public transportation and slower speed limits on most roadways.

Data Tables

Top Ten States for Icy Road Fatalities - 2009-2010 season [1]

#
State Fatalities Notes
1
Pennsylvania
26
Pennsylvania: 7 deaths on 12/13, freezing rain event
2
Nebraska
Missouri
23
23
Missouri: 10 deaths in 3 days, including two 4-fatality crashes on 12/26 and 12/27
3
Iowa
20
4
Texas
19
5
Michigan
18
6
Minnesota
Ohio
Oregon
17
17
17
Oregon: 9 deaths in 13 days (November 8-21)
7
Colorado
Kansas
16
16
8
Illinois
Oklahoma
15
15
9
Indiana
New York
14
14
10
Tennessee
Wisconsin
12
12
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Deadliest Winter Storms for Icy Roads - 2009-2010 season [1]
# Event Fatalities Notes
1. December 22-27, 2009 Midwest/Plains blizzard/snow/icing
35
Accidents in KS, NE, TX, OK, IL, MN, NM, CO, MO, AR
2. January 6-8, 2010 Midwest/Eastern US snowstorm
15
Accidents in MO, IL, IN, OH, KY, GA, IA
3. December 13, 2009 freezing rain event
13
7 deaths in Pennsylvania, 2 in OH, 1 each in WV, MD, IL, NY
January 28-31, 2009 winter storm
13
Deaths in MS, AL, GA, NC, TN, MO, OK
4. December 25-27, 2009 Missouri/Illinois light snow
12
10 deaths in Missouri, including two quadruple fatal crashes and two secondary crashes
5. December 8-9, 2009 Midwest/Plains blizzard/snow/icing
11
Accidents in NM, MI, TX, IA, MO, MN
6. December 3-4, 2009 Upper Midwest Winter Storm
9
6 deaths in Wisconsin, including triple fatal crash

Full Accident List

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Full Accident List - 2009-2010 season [1]
Date Location Deaths Icing* Seatbelt Notes
5/8 Cloquet, MN 1 SN No Highway 2, bridge, ambulance rollover
4/29 Murray, UT 1 SN N/A I-70, secondary crash, police officer thrown from bridge
4/13 Anchorage, AK 1 SN Seward Highway, pickup, rollover
4/3 Wendover, NV 1 SN Yes I-80, 200 Dodge pickup, rollover
4/3 Laramie, WY 1 SN No Highway 287, BMW 325, rollover ejection
4/1 Baggs, WY 1 SN Yes Highway 789
4/1 Veyo, UT 1 SN No Highway 18, Nissan Altima, rollover ejection
3/27 Parowan, UT 1 SN Yes I-15, 2006 Toyota Tundra, rollover
3/24 Wamsutter, WY 1 SN I-80, 20-vehicle pileup
3/24 Lamar, CO 1 SN Highway 287, head-on collision with semi
3/21 Price, UT 1 SN Yes Route 191, pickup, crash down 300-foot embankment
3/21 Fort Worth, TX 1 SN N/A East Loop 820, bridge, secondary crash, multi-vehicle pileup
3/21 Arlington, TX 1 SN I-30, multi-vehicle pileup
3/21 Marietta, OK 1 SN Yes Highway 32, SUV, collision with tree
3/21 Logan County, OK 1 SN No I-35, rollover ejection
3/21 Lamberth, TX 1 SN Highway 75, collision with bridge pillar
3/20 Olathe, KS 1 SN Yes Highway 169, collision with tow truck
3/20 Unionville, MO 1 SN Rollover ejection
3/20 Alamosa, CO 1 SN Highway 160, head-on collision
3/16 Charlestown, NH 1 SN Route 12, crash into river
3/15 Fort Garland, CO 2 SN Highway 160, head-on collision
3/14 Gallup, NM 1 SN Yes I-40, SUV, crash into stopped vehicle
3/14 Evanston, WY 1 SN No I-80, bridge, rollover
3/11 Monticello, UT 1 SN Route 491, SUV, head-on collision
3/10 Black Ridge, UT 1 SN I-15, multi-vehicle pileup
3/10 Cozad, NE 1 SN No I-80, single-vehicle crash into tree
3/9 Hettinger, ND 1 SN Highway 12, Ford pickup, rollover
3/6 Vail, CO 1 SN No I-70, 2006 Dodge Pickup, rollover ejection
3/4 Cantwell, AK 1 Parks Highway, 2005 GMC pickup, head-on collision
2/28 Campbell County, TN 1 SN No I-75, SUV, rollover
2/27 Shelbyville, IN 1 SN No Highway 9, collision with tree
2/27 College Park, MD 1 SN Police cruiser responding to call, collision with pole
2/27 Anne Arundel County, MD 1 SN Route 100, single-vehicle crash
2/26 Presque Isle, ME 1 SN Houlton Road, head-on collision
2/26 Greentown, IN 1 SN Yes 1100 East, Geo Tracker, collision with utility pole
2/25 Fostoria, OH 1 SN Highway 12, head-on collision
2/25 Plentywood, MT 1 SN Highway 6, rollover
2/24 St. Clair Township, OH 2 GW Augspurger Road, head-on collision
2/23 Palestine, TX 1 SN Highway 79, 2005 Chrysler 300, head-on collision
2/23 El Paso, TX 1 SN N/A I-10, secondary crash
2/23 Kidder Township, PA 2 SN I-80, SUV, rollover and collision with tree
2/23 Morris County, NJ 1 SN No I-80, single-vehicle crash
2/23 Stettin, WI 1 SN No Highway U, pickup, rollover
2/23 Kimmell, IN 1 SN Yes Highway 33, bridge, pickup, head-on collision
2/23 Mount Olive, IA 1 SN No I-80, GMC Envoy, rollover ejection
2/22 Chicago, IL 1 SN Lake Shore Drive, police car crashed responding to call
2/22 Tulia, TX 1 SN I-27, bridge, pickup with trailer, rollover
2/21 Shawnee County, KS 1 I-70, semi rollover and fire
2/21 Oskaloosa, IA 1 SN Highway 63, head-on collision
2/21 Deerfield, KS 1 SUV rollover
2/20 Marion County, KS 2 ZR US 56, bridge, head-on collision with semi
2/16 Rawlins, WY 5 I-80, pickup, head-on collision with semi
2/16 Denmark, IA 3 BL 303th Ave, Chevy Lumina, head-on collision
2/16 St. John, ME 1 No Highway 161, Ford truck, head-on collision
2/16 New Troy, IN 1 Cleveland Road, 2001 Toyota, collision with tree
2/15 Fremont, NE 1 SN No Highway 30, rollover
2/15 Madison, NE 1 SN N/A Highway 81, secondary crash
2/15 Lincoln, NE 1 SN Yes I-80, Ford F250, rollover
2/15 Speedway, IN 1 21st Street, crash into pond
2/15 Chattanooga, TN 1 SN No Highway 153, pileup on icy bridge
2/15 Chattanooga, TN 2 SN Dayton Pike, bridge, head-on collision
2/15 Mifflinburg, PA 1 SN Route 104, pickup, head-on collision
2/15 Athens, AL 1 SN Route 72, head-on collision
2/14 St. Charles, MO 1 SN N/A Highway DD, pedestrian struck
2/14 Omaha, NE 1 SN I-80, struck by semi in pileup
2/14 Mapleton, MN 1 SN Highway 22, Pontiac Grand Prix, head-on collision
2/13 Palmyra Township, OH 1 SN Yes Route 225, collision with semi
2/13 Steamboat Springs, CO 1 SN Highway 40, Nissan SUV, head-on collision
2/13 Macon, GA 1 SN Yes I-75, Nissan Altima, collision with guardrail
2/12 Monroe, GA 2 Yes Highway 11, Toyota 4Runner, head-on collision
2/12 Pike Road, AL 2 SN Single-vehicle crash into pond
2/11 Natchitoches Parish, LA 1 SN Highway 117, pickup, crash into tree
2/10 Yuma, TN 1 SN Yuma Road, head-on collision
2/10 Clearfield County, PA 1 SN I-80, pileup
2/10 Fosterburg, IL 1 SN No Fosterburg Road, 2006 Nissan Altima, head-on collision
2/10 Constantine, MI 1 SN No US 131, collision with semi
2/9 Fairmount, IN 1 SN Vehicle slid into path of train
2/8 Kansas City, MO 1 SN Highway 152, head-on collision
2/8 Two Harbors, MN 1 SN No Highway 61, SUV, rollover
2/7 Cherokee County, IA 1 SN Highway 3, minivan, head-on collision
2/7 Dalton, MN 1 SN N/A I-94, secondary crash during pileup
2/7 Alton, SD 1 SN SUV, head-on collision
2/6 Wyoming, MI 1 SN I-96, SUV rollover
2/6 Wytheville, VA 2 SN N/A I-81, semi secondary crash
2/5 Gridley, IL 1 SN US 24, head-on collision
2/5 Filley, NE 1 SN US 136, two-vehicle collision
2/4 Graettinger, Iowa 1 Highway 4, head-on collision with semi
2/4 Hastings, NE 3 SN Highway 6, head-on collision
2/4 Amarillo, TX 1 SN US 287, pass attempt, collision with semi
2/3 Fond du Lac, WI 1 SN Highway 45, head-on collision
2/3 Ribera, NM 1 SN Highway 3, single-vehicle crash
2/2 Greenville, WI 1 SN Highway 15, head-on collision
2/2 Stuart, IA 1 SN Highway 6, head-on collision
2/2 Hurt, VA 1 PL US 29, head-on collision
2/1 Nashville, TN 1 I-40, two-vehicle crash
1/31 Hughes County, OK 1 Route 48, single-vehicle crash
1/31 Niles, NY 1 SN Cream Hollow Road, crash into trees
1/31 Kingsport, TN 1 N/A Highway 93, secondary crash in 9-car pileup
1/30 Atlanta, GA 2 ZR N/A I-20, secondary crash
1/30 Hernando, MS 1 ZR Yes I-55, bridge, single-vehicle crash
1/30 Neosho, MO 1 SN No Jaguar Road, 1997 Chevy Blazer, rollover
1/30 Wilson, NC 1 SN Yes 2007 Nissan Versa, crash into tree
1/30 Charlotte, NC 1 Nations Ford Road, pickup, crash into tree
1/29 Scottsboro, AL 1 SN East Willow Stree, Chevy Blazer, head-on collision
1/29 Hancock County, ME 2 SN Route 9, 2002 Kia, head-on collision
1/29 Salisbury, NC 1 Potneck Road, single-vehicle crash
1/29 Greenhill, AL 3 ZR US 43, 2006 Chevy HHR, head-on collision with semi
1/29 Winchester, NH 1 SN Yes Route 78, crash into fire hydrant
1/28 Foster, RI 1 SN Route 6, Chevy Camaro, head-on collision
1/28 Afton, NY 1 SN I-88, van, collision with tree
1/28 Morgan County, CO 1 SN I-76, pickup, rollover ejection
1/26 Marion, PA 3 SN SUV, crash into lake
1/26 Louisville, KY 1 SN 15th Street and Broadway, collision with car and viaduct
1/25 Victor, IA 1 SN I-80, median crossover head-on collision with semi
1/25 Montpelier, VT 2 I-89, two semis and one car
1/25 Government Camp, OR 1 Highway 26, crash with out-of-control semi
1/25 Rapid City, SD 3 SN Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, head-on collision
1/25 Sheffield, IA 1 SN I-35, pileup
1/25 Oppenheim, NY 2 SN Yes (2) Highway 120, crash into creek
1/25 Edgar County, IL 1 SN Yes Highway 150, head-on collision
1/24 Deer Park, NY 1 ZR Route 209, bridge, head-on collision
1/24 Windsor Heights, IA 1 I-235, crash over bridge railing
1/24 Neola, IA 1 I-80, Ford F150, rollover
1/23 Victor, MT 1 No Highway 93, head-on collision
1/21 Morristown, MN 1 ZR Highway 60, Chevy Blazer, head-on collision
1/21 Wells County, IN 1 ZR US 224, crash into tree
1/20 Fosston, MN 1 Highway 2, rollover ejection
1/20 South Pekin, IL 1 ZR Route 29, pickup, head-on collision
1/19 Flagstaff, AZ 2 SN I-40, single-vehicle rollover and fire
1/19 Warrington, PA 1 GW No County Line Road, 2008 Ford Edge, head-on collision
1/18 Watertown, SD 3 FZFG Highway 81, Corsica, hit stopped vehicle, then struck by semi
1/18 Taylor County, IA 1 FZFG Highway 25, SUV, rollover
1/17 Newport, VT 2 Coventry Road, minivan, collision with tree
1/16 Franklin County, KS 1 FZFG No I-35, 30-vehicle pileup with at least 6 semis
1/15 Reddick, IL 1 FZFG No 3300 North, GMC Sierra, rollover ejection
1/15 Olivia, MN 1 SN County Road 6, collision with school bus
1/15 Rothsay, MN 1 SN Yes I-94, 2005 Lexus, rollover
1/14 Belgrade, MT 2 Frontage Road, pickup, head-on collision
1/14 Boise, ID 1 Highway 45, single-vehicle crash
1/14 Clear Lake, SD 1 I-29, pickup, rollover
1/14 Defiance County, OH 1 SN Yes Carpenter Road, Ford Focus, collision with ditch
1/11 Lumberton, MS 2 SN N/A Highway 11, MDOT workers hit while treating road
1/11 Orion Township, MI 3 SN Joslyn Road, head-on collision
1/10 Bismarck, ND 1 SN No I-94, rollover ejection
1/9 Cherokee, AL 1 SN Natchez Trace Parkway, bridge, crash into creek
1/9 Greene County, TN 1 SN No Milburnton Road, Ford Escort, rollover ejection
1/8 Dalhonega, GA 2 SN Oak Grove Road, pickup truck, head-on collision
1/8 Rockingham County, NC 1 SN No Guerrant Springs Road, single-vehicle crash
1/8 Caswell County, NC 1 SN Park Springs Road, single-vehicle crash
1/8 Fremont, IN 1 SN Highway 50, head-on collision
1/8 Marshall County, AL 1 SN No head-on collision
1/7 Cullman, AL 1 SN US 278, Chevy pickup, head-on collision with truck
1/7 Sand Rock, AL 1 SN Highway 68, collision with tree
1/7 Acworth, GA 1 SN Priest Road, bridge, collision with tree
1/7 Glasgow, KY 1 SN Pickup, collision with tree
1/7 Bear Creek Township, PA 1 FZDZ Route 115, head-on collision
1/7 Springfield, OH 4 SN I-70, small bus, head-on collision with semi
1/7 Portage, MI 1 SN Sprinkle Road, head-on collision
1/7 Columbus, IN 1 SN Yes I-65, semi crash into log pile
1/7 Delphi, IN 1 SN US 421, collision with school bus
1/7 Brookville, IN 1 SN US 52, collision with semi
1/7 Venango County, PA 3 SN I-80, multiple vehicle crash
1/7 Monroeville, PA 1 SN Thompson Run Road, crash into creek
1/7 East Franklin, PA 1 SN Tarrtown Road, collision with semi
1/7 Salem, IL 1 SN I-57, collision with slow-moving semi
1/7 Des Moines, IA 1 SN I-80, rear-end collision
1/7 Avoca, IA 1 SN I-80, dump truck, collision with rental truck and semi
1/7 Advance, MO 1 SN Highway 25, Ford Ranger, rollover into water-filled ditch
1/6 Cameron, MO 1 SN N/A I-35, secondary crash
1/5 Holly Springs, MS 1 MM Highway 7, head-on collision with school bus, icing caused by leaking pipe
1/5 Bristol, VA 1 SN Wallace Pike, collision with tree
1/5 Franklin Township, OH 1 SN Frank Road, head-on collision
1/5 Kansas City, KS 1 SN N/A I-635, driver exited vehicle and jumped over bridge railing to avoid secondary crash
1/5 Grand Island, NY 2 SN Grand Island Boulevard, head-on collision
1/5 Lake Township, MI 2 SN Red Arrow Highway, Jeep, head-on collision
1/4 Burlington Township, OH 1 SN Yes US 62, head-on collision
1/4 Lancaster, OH 1 SN Route 37, Jeep, crash into ditch
1/4 Arkadelphia, AR 1 SN I-30, bridge, collision with stopped semi
1/3 Chestnuthill Township, PA 1 SN No Glenwood Road, Mini Cooper, collision with tree
1/3 Wagonery, OK 1 SN No rollover ejection
1/3 Mt. Nebo, WV 1 SN Route 19, head-on collision
1/2 Burrillville, RI 1 SN Route 102, head-on collision
1/2 Butler, MO 1 SN Rice Road, collision with tree and rollover
1/2 Bates County, MO 1 SN Yes Route 71, rollover
1/2 Jefferson County, MO 1 SN No rollover
1/2 Wilmington Township, IL 1 SN Coal City Road, car unable to stop at intersection, spinout and broadside collision
1/1 Wichita, KS 1 SN North Kansas Street, 1989 Lincoln Mark VII, collision with tree
1/1 Elma, NY 1 SN No Highway 400, Ford Ranger, rollover ejection
12/31 Pine Grove Township, PA 1 SN I-81, Ford E250 van, median crossover head-on collision with truck
12/31 Scullville, NJ 2 ZR Somers Point-Mays Landing Road, head-on collision with propane truck
12/30 Lubbock, TX 1 Yes I-27, Dodge Durango, bridge, crossover head-on collision and rollover
12/29 Quechee, VT 1 No Rollover, collision with tree
12/29 Muncie, IN 1 SN No Hoyt Avenue, pickup, collision with tree
12/29 Blaine County, OK 1 SN County road, collision with tree and telephone pole
12/29 Marietta, OK 1 SN Highway 32, collision with tree
12/29 Salt Lake City, UT 1 SN N/A I-80, secondary crash
12/28 Holyoke, CO 1 Police officer crash
12/28 Beekmantown, NY 1 SN Route 22, head-on collision
12/28 Clayton County, IA 1 SN No Highway C9Y, Ford F250, rollover ejection
12/28 Candia, NH 1 SN Route 43, head-on collision
12/28 Fairfield, ME 1 SN Norridgewock Road, head-on collision
12/27 Steele, MO 4 SN I-55, cross-median head-on collision, two SUVs
12/27 Ness City, KS 1 SN No County Road 220, 1999 Ford Pickup, rollover
12/27 Little Rock, AR 1 Lake View Drive, crash into lake, submersion
12/27 Shoreham, VT 1 FZFG N/A Richville Dam Road, firefighter involved in secondary crash
12/27 Roxbury, VT 1 FZFG Route 12A, crash into creek water
12/27 Macoupin County, IL 1 SN Route 16, collision then rollover
12/27 Salem, SD 1 SN I-90, crash into good samaritan vehicle
12/27 Bowling Green, OH 1 SN Yes Route 6, head-on collision
12/27 Canute, OK 2 SN No (2) GMC Envoy, rollover ejections
12/27 Chadron, NE 1 SN No Highway 385, head-on collision
12/27 Wheaton, MD 1 ZR Muncaster Mill Road, 1999 Toyota 4 Runner, crash into tree
12/26 Lake Forest, IL 1 SN Route 60, Toyota Tundra, head-on collision with semi
12/26 Smithton, MO 4 SN US 50, head-on collision, 3 vehicles involved
12/26 Remote, OR 1 SN No Highway 42, Chrysler PT Cruiser, bridge, head-on collision, exact location of crash on 12/24
12/26 Midwest City, OK 1 SN Douglas Boulevard, head-on collision
12/25 Seymour, TX 1 SN Yes Highway 82, Toyota Prius, head-on collision with out-of-control Ford F150
12/25 Grady County, OK 1 SN No US 81, SUV, rollover ejection
12/25 Sweetwater, TX 1 Highway 70, 2005 Chevy pickup, head-on collision
12/25 Eureka, MO 1 SN N/A I-44, State Trooper in secondary crash
12/24 St. Louis, MO 1 SN N/A I-70, secondary crash
12/24 Marlow, OK 1 SN N/A Highway 29, secondary crash
12/24 El Reno, OK 1 SN N/A I-40, secondary crash, hit-and-run
12/24 Comanche County, OK 1 N/A Secondary crash
12/24 Seminole County, OK 1 N/A Highway 3, Secondary crash
12/24 Mineral Wells, TX 1 ZR Highway 281, head-on collision with pickup/trailer
12/24 Frisco, TX 3 ZR Highway 380, bridge, head-on collision
12/24 Remote, OR 1 Yes Highway 42, 2000 Ford F350 pickup, bridge, rollover
12/24 Santiam Pass, OR 1 Highway 22, Ford Mustang, head-on collision
12/24 Becker County, MN 1 SN Highway 34, head-on collision with out-of-control minivan
12/23 Fort Smith, AR 1 Towson Avenue, Chevy Malibu, head-on collision
12/23 Brush, CO 1 SN I-76, SUV, rollover ejection
12/23 Sterling, CO 1 SN Highway 14, rollover ejection
12/23 Clark County, WI 1 SN rollover, collision with tree
12/23 Will County, IL 1 SN Route 50, head-on collision
12/23 Fargo, ND 1 SN I-29, 1997 Chevy Cavalier, collision with bridge pier
12/23 Renville County, MN 1 head-on collision
12/23 Belgrade, ME 1 Route 27
12/23 Warren County, NJ 1 Route 609, collision with trees
12/23 Dorrance, KS 1 ZR I-70, Ford Mustang, single-vehicle rollover
12/23 Colby, KS 2 ZR I-70, collision with semi
12/23 Santa Fe County, NM 1 SN US 285, VW Beetle, head-on collision with out-of-control SUV
12/23 Cozad, NE 1 ZR I-80, rollover
12/23 Waco, NE 2 ZR I-80, car and two semis
12/23 Grand Island, NE 1 SN I-80, two cars and one semi
12/22 Goodland, KS 1 ZR No I-70, pickup, rollover ejection
12/22 Richmond, IN 1 US 35, minivan, head-on collision with semi
12/22 Wrights Corners, NY 1 SN Ridge Road, head-on collision with semi
12/22 Paxton, NE 1 ZR I-80, cross-median head-on collision with semi
12/20 Constantine Township, MI 2 SN Featherstone Road, Chevy Silverado, collision with tree
12/20 Pleasant Dale, NE 1 SN Yes I-80, SUV, rollover then struck by bus
12/20 Cherrytree, PA 1 SN Yes Cherrytree Road, head-on collision
12/19 Salem Township, PA 1 SN Greenville-Sheakleyville Road, Dodge Durango, crash into tree
12/19 Defiance, OH 1 SN No Van, rollover ejection
12/19 Hillsdale County, OH 1 SN Homer Road, head-on collision
12/19 Waynesville, NC 1 SN No Private road, single-vehicle crash, ejection
12/19 Mansfield, OH 1 SN Yes Pickup, collision with fire truck
12/19 Springfield, IL 1 SN I-55, Toyota Tacoma, collision with light post
12/18 Crossville, TN 1 SN No I-40, 2003 Jeep SUV, collision with tree
12/18 Parkersburg, WV 1 SN Yes St. Marys Pike, collision with tree/rollover
12/18 Maxwell, NE 1 SN No I-80, 2000 Ford Explorer, rollover ejection
12/18 Carrol County, VA 1 SN No Route 664, collision with fence
12/16 Lower Frederick, PA 1 SN N/A Route 29, crash into pedestrians helping change a tire
12/16 Adams Township, MI 1 SN No M-26, head-on collision
12/15 Interlochen, MI 2 SN US 31, head-on collision with truck that lost control
12/15 Post Falls, ID 2 SN Yes (2) I-90, SUV, median crossover head-on collision
12/15 Pendleton, NY 1 SN Yes Lockport Road, Ford Explorer rollover into water-filled ditch
12/15 Naples, ME 1 SN Route 302, deilvery truck, hit and forced head-on into semi
12/15 Island Falls, ME 1 SN Route 2, head-on collision with semi
12/15 Auburn, NE 1 SN US 75, 2006 Toyota Prius, collision with mail delivery car on shoulder
12/15 Wahoo, NE 1 SN Highway 92, head-on collision with out-of-control semi
12/14 Gaston, OR 1 No Route 47, 2003 Ford F-150, rollover
12/14 Moab, UT 1 No State Road 128, rollover into Colorado River, ejection
12/14 Lynchburg, VA 1 FZFG Old Graves Mill Road, head-on collision
12/14 Winchester, VA 2 FZFG No (2) Shawnee Drive, head-on collision with school bus
12/13 Bellfountain, OR 1 SN Bellfountain Road, 1991 Ford Crown Vic, crash into tree
12/13 Tuscarawas County, OH 1 ZR Route 250, collision with previous accident vehicle
12/13 Ashland, OH 1 ZR Yes Route 302, collision with tree
12/13 Sheridan, IL 1 ZR Highway 2, rollover
12/13 White Hall, MD 1 ZR Old York Road, 2006 Ford pickup, pass attempt, head-on collision
12/13 Cumberland County, PA 1 ZR No South Middlesex Road, bridge, head-on collision
12/13 Juniata County, PA 1 ZR Yes Routes 11/15, bridge, collision with previous accident vehicle
12/13 Forest Hill, WV 1 ZR Route 12, Suzuki Grand Vitara, collision with tree
12/13 Danville, PA 1 ZR Route 61, 2004 Subaru Legacy, head-on collision
12/13 Patterson, NY 1 ZR Route 22, 2001 Buick sedan, head-on collision with pickup that lost control
12/13 Beaver Falls, PA 1 ZR 37th Street, crash into utility pole
12/13 Lancaster County, PA 1 ZR North Ridge Road, Buick sedan, collision with tree
12/13 East Cocalico, PA 1 ZR Route 222, head-on collision
12/13 Murrysville, PA 1 ZR Victim was in first accident vehicle, struck by second vehicle
12/13 Port Angeles, WA 2 US Highway 101, 1998 Ford Escort, head-on collision
12/12 Hopedale, IL 1 No I-155, cross-median head-on collision
12/12 Monona, IA 2 Head-on collision
12/11 Sardinia, NY 1 SN Route 16, pickup, head-on collision
12/11 Harrisville, UT 1 Highway 89, head-on collision
12/11 Huntington, OR 1 I-84, collision with truck
12/11 Cadillac, MI 1 SN Head-on collision, other vehicle lost control
12/11 Crescent City, OR 1 SN Highway 199, single-vehicle crash into tree
12/10 Pensaukee, WI 1 SN US 41, rollover
12/9 Holdingford, MN 1 SN County Road 17, 'secondary crash' with previous accident driver standing outside
12/9 Edgecomb, ME 1 SN Route 27, Honda Civic, head-on collision
12/9 Keeler Township, MI 1 SN CR 687, rollover into water-filled ditch
12/8 Prior Lake, MN 1 SN Head-on collision
12/8 I-80 MP 195, UT 1 Yes I-80, Ford F250 pickup, single vehicle rollover
12/8 Trenton, MO 1
12/8 Albany, MO 1 rollover ejection
12/8 Plattsburg, MO 1 SN No Highway 116, collision between two tractor-trailers
12/8 Andrews County, NM 1 SN Yes Highway 176, single-vehicle rollover
12/8 Maple Grove, MN 1 SN I-94, rollover into creek
12/8 Le Mars, IA 1 SN Highway 75, pickup, collision with semi
12/8 Amarillo, TX 1 SN Highway 207, Chevy Suburban, crash over 90ft cliff in Palo Duro Canyon
12/8 Ferrisburgh, VT 1 SN Route 7, 1987 Mercedes Benz, head-on collision
12/7 Alamosa, CO 1 SN No Highway 160, 2004 Isuzu Axiom, rollover ejection
12/7 Hill Township, MI 1 SN No East County Line Road, rollover ejection
12/7 Brownsville, CA 1 SN No La Porte Road, collision with tree
12/7 Cleveland, TN 1 ZR No South Ocoee Street, pickup, rollover
12/7 Nolan, TX 1 ZR I-20, pickup with trailer, cross-median head-on collision
12/7 Santa Fe, NM 1 SN Secondary crash - victim tried to flag for help
12/7 San Juan County, NM 1 SN US 550, pickup, head-on collision
12/7 Meade County, KY 1 SN Route 1239, head-on collision with truck
12/7 Meade County, KY 3 SN Yes (3) Highway 144, Chevy Equinox, head-on collision with truck
12/7 Clinton County, IN 1 SN I-65, secondary crash in multi-car pileup, semi hit driver standing outside
12/6 Cleveland, TN 1 SN Harrison Pike, pickup, rollover
12/6 Livermore, ME 1 SN Route 4, minivan, head-on collision
12/6 Blue Canyon, CA 1 SN I-80, pickup, crash into tree
12/6 Sierra County, CA 1 SN Highway 89, two-vehicle crash
12/6 Ellsworth County, KS 1 FZDZ I-70, cross-median head-on collision with semi
12/6 Ulysses, KS 2 FZDZ US 25, pickup, rollover
12/5 Shelbyville, TN 1 SN Fairfield Pike, head-on collision
12/5 Pax, WV 1 SN I-77, three-car collision
12/5 Oceana County, MI 1 SN West Tyler Road, head-on collision
12/5 Bozeman, MT 2 SN Ford F350 pulling trailer, jackknife off of bridge
12/5 Ellicott City, MD 1 SN N/A U.S. Route 29, secondary crash with driver standing outside
12/5 Beaumont, TX 1 SN No Highway 69, 2002 Mazda pickup, rollover
12/5 Swannanoa, VA 1 SN Route 250 at I-64, Ford F-350, head-on collision
12/5 Augusta Springs, VA 1 SN Yes Route 42, 1996 Ford van, crash into tree
12/5 Bannock County, ID 1 SN No I-15, single vehicle rollover
12/5 Trinidad, CO 1 SN No 1996 Ford F-150, collision with stopped tractor-trailer
12/5 Seattle, WA 1 FZFG S. Orcas Street, Suzuki, head-on collision
12/4 Spokane, WA 1 SN West Monroe Road, 1995 Jeep Cherokee rollover
12/4 Missouri City, TX 1 SN Yes South Main, bridge, head-on collision
12/4 Vancouver, WA 1 SN Interstate 205, pickup, collision with semi
12/4 Kalispell, MT 1 SN No Highway 2, head-on collision
12/4 Virginia, MN 1 SN Highway 53, 2007 Dodge pickup, vehicle fell off of bridge
12/3 Santa Rosa, NM 1 SN I-40, minivan, head-on collision with semi
12/3 Tucumcari, NM 1 SN I-40, 1999 Dodge pick-up with trailer, collision with rock wall
12/3 Jo Daviess County, IL 1 SN Highway 20 east, rollover
12/3 East Troy, WI 3 SN Highway ES, Toyota Corolla, head-on collision with BMW
12/3 Franklin, WI 2 SN Yes Highway 27, head-on collision
12/3 Genesee, WI 1 SN Highway 59, pickup, head-on collision with minivan
11/30 Summit, SD 1 I-29, icy bridge, pickup rollover
11/27 Chelsea, MI 1 SN I-94, collision with previous accident vehicle
11/22 Three Forks , MT 1 SN Yes I-90, Ford Ranger pickup, head-on collision with semi
11/21 Island Park, ID 1 SN Yes U.S. Highway 20, 1997 Toyota pickup, head-on collision with out-of-control 2005 Ford van
11/21 Lake of the Woods, OR 1 Yes Highway 140, pickup, impact with tree
11/20 Prineville, OR 1 Yes Highway 26, 2004 Chevrolet utility truck, head-on collision
11/19 Antwerp, NY 1 CR-22, head-on collision
11/17 Denver, CO 1 SN 6th Avenue, on overpass
11/16 Hemingford, NE 2 SN Yes (2) Highway 2, 2004 Dodge Durango, head-on collision
11/15 Prewitt, NM 2 SN I-40, median crossover, head-on crash with semi
11/14 Spanish Fork Canyon, UT 1 SN Yes Highway 6, Ford F250 rollover
11/14 Mount Hood, OR 2 SN Yes Highway 35, 1992 GMC Yukon, head-on collision
11/14 Jerome County, ID 1 SN No I-84, van rollover ejection
11/12 Baker City, OR 3 No (3) I-84, 2002 Ford E-350 church van, rollover, 13 ejected
11/12 Chiloquin, OR 1 Yes Highway 97, Chevy Avalanche, collision with semi
11/9 Perham, MN 1 Highway 8, Pontiac minivan, head-on collision
11/8 Meacham, OR 1 FZDZ Yes I-84, single vehicle crash
10/30 New Meadows, ID 1 ZR Yes Highway 95, rollover
10/30 French, MN 2 SN Highway 210, GMC Sierra pickup, head-on collision
10/28 Jackson Hole, WY 1 SN No Highway 89, pickup, rollover ejection
10/22 Broken Bow, NE 1 SN Yes NE 2, Dodge Stratus, head-on collision
10/22 Brunswick, NE 1 SN Yes US 20, Mercury Marquis, head-on collision
10/14 Streeter, ND 1 SN car crossed center line, collision w/ pickup
10/14 Stanley, ND 2 SN No (2) rollover ejection (2), US 2, Ford F250 pickup
10/13 Oconto County, WI 1 SN No*** bridge, rollover ejection, US 141, pickup
10/12 Pembina County, ND 1 SN No bridge, rollover ejection, I-29, Ford F350 pickup
10/12 Bismarck, ND 1 SN No rollover ejection, passenger death, I-94, Dodge pickup
10/11 Pueblo, CO 1 FZDZ No bridge, rollover ejection, CO 50, Trailblazer /w trailer
10/11 Trinidad, CO 1 FZDZ No rollover ejection, I-25, Dodge pickup
10/10 Colorado Springs, CO 1 FZDZ No rollover ejection, I-25, GMC Yukon
10/10 Anoka County, MN 1 SN N/A bridge, secondary crash**, I-35W

* Icing type: SN - Snow; ZR - Freezing Rain; PL - Sleet; FZDZ - Freezing Drizzle; FZFG - Freezing Fog; FS - Frost; GW - Rainwater/groundwater; MM - Man-made water source; BL - blowing/drifting snow [ explanation ]

** A secondary crash is an accident caused by additional vehicles colliding with the first accident vehicle and/or a Good Samaritan stopping to help, usually involving someone standing outside of their vehicle.

*** No official declaration, but probable based on information in source article

  • This winter, at least 467 people have died in icy road accidents in the USA (since October 2009). (See accident list.) [1]
     
  • 70 percent of winter weather deaths in the USA are caused by icy road accidents. [2]
     

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References:
1. Based on an online search of news media articles nationwide.
2. Virginia Department of Emergency Management
3. National Weather Service; FSU

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458
Deaths in the US
from icy roads
2009-2010 winter
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477
Deaths in the US
from icy roads
2008-2009 winter
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