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More Vehicles in Auto Body Shops Due to Icy Roads

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Accident investigators received reports of one car accident every 30 minutes, from Tuesday through Wednesday night.

As of Thursday morning, 333 accidents were reported to the Erie Police Department so far this winter; that's 62 more accidents than they saw last January.

The increase in accidents is largely due to icy roads and sub-zero temperatures.

Prestige Auto Body Shop has seen a big increase of vehicles needing repairs, just in the past week.

"We have definitely seen a spike in business, you know, cars getting hit, people sliding into ditches," said Victor Irizarry of Prestige Auto Body.

The number of cars in the lot at Bonnell's Collision Center has also gone up.

Of the 60 vehicles Bonnell's see's every week, 60 to 70% of cars have ice-related damages.

"A lot of front-end, rear-end collision, sliding into one another out there," said Jody Barto, Operating Manager at Bonnell's.  "We're also seeing a lot of vehicles leaving the roadway often sliding into guard rails and fences."

The cost to fix these ice-related accidents isn't cheap, although the damage may seem minor.

"Your average accident is probably you know, $1,500 to $2,000.  As minute as it might look, underneath there, there's a lot of damage," said Izizarry.

Mechanics at both shops said having good tires on your vehicle is the first step to staying safe on the icy roads.

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