Icy Roads Cause Medford Streets to Close

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MEDFORD, Ore. — While cars were sliding down East Main Street, Jeremy Withrow and his friend stepped up to lend a push to those who needed it.

About a quarter inch of ice built up and some cars were trying to take a chance and drive down the hill. The slick roads caused cars to get stuck or slide down sideways.

“Crazy, slippery, commotion going on. I mean there’s cars sliding all over the place, this right here is just one solid piece of ice and it gets worse as you get up the hill here,” said Withrow.

By early Friday evening, East Main Street closed down at Ashland Avenue, but not before Kari Harris tried to get home.

“Just got off work at 5 and came outside and tried to drive home and that’s not going to happen,” said Harris.

She wasn’t the only one and Withrow was able to push her car and get her slowly back on track, just another one of dozens of cars helped by good Samaritans.

“Thankfully there’s some guys here to help me pull off to the side of the road,” said Harris.

Other drivers weren’t going to take a risk and decided chains were the best bet even if they didn’t have any on hand. One driver pulled over and walked to a store to buy chains before continuing his drive home.

Withrow said snow is not unusual, but the way East Main froze is something he hasn’t seen in a long time.

“I just don’t like to see people get hurt, I want to make sure people are safe,” said Withrow.