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Drivers address concerns about turnpike safety

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Recent rainy weather has made roads on the West Virginia Turnpike exceptionally slippery.

State Police recorded three crashes in the past weekend. More than 409 accidents have been recorded so far for this year.  

While bad weather and twisting roads cause problems for motorists, drivers say the biggest culprit in causing accidents are reckless drivers.  

"On my way up here, I saw a girl texting on her phone and that made my stomach hurt so bad," said Stacey Murray.  

There have been at least three crashes at the Paint Creek Exit along on I-77 this year. The most recent incident involved a tractor trailer rollover this Sunday.

"I think this is a dangerous area around here because it's so winding and you have to respect that," said Eric Skarl.  

Rather than wait for authorities to address the problems, Skarl says the best thing to do is to practice caution yourself.  

"I plan ahead and look where the radar is. I won't hesitate to pull over when its rainy," he said.

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