Walking on Thin Ice

9 years 8 months 2 weeks ago January 15, 2007 Jan 15, 2007 Monday, January 15 2007 Monday, January 15, 2007 6:54:43 PM CST in News

With most major roads cleared, the attention turned to the sidewalks.  That focus came in response to a rash of injuries pedestrians had on the city's icy sidewalks.

"I saw this girl slide wipe out and she fell pretty hard onto the ice right in front of my apartment and about three minutes later there was an ambulance and a fire truck there and they said she broke her leg," downtown Columbia resident Mike Yardly said.

Boone Hospital had dozens of phone calls on Friday.

"We had up to 30-40 people call in with fractures," John Hogg a manager of Ambulance Service says.

Hospital staff worked through the weekend to attend to all of the injuries.

Boone Hospital says when walking on the ice make sure to wear adequate shoes, use a hand-rail whenever possible, and to walk slowly. The best tip is to simply avoid the ice.

With the big thaw not expected until the end of week, pedestrians have a slippery road ahead.

Boone Hospital had more than 95 phone calls during the weekend. The majority of injuries were homeowners falling in their yards or driveways.

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