Multiple accidents reported on I-85 Thursday afternoon

It appears Gwinnettians, for the most part, followed directions and stayed off the county’s icy roads.

Until Thursday afternoon.

At about 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Georgia State Patrol troopers were responding to four separate accidents on Interstate 85 in Gwinnett. Two — one at Beaver Ruin Road, the other at Pleasant Hill Road — involved injuries. Though state and local officials were still warning people to stay home, the thaw had begun and the stir-crazy got behind the wheel.

It was an ironic end to an otherwise well-managed stretch of winter weather.

Gwinnett County police did not have incident totals prepared Thursday, but said throughout the storm they responded to fewer vehicle crashes than normal. No serious injuries were reported.

Between Tuesday and Thursday morning, Gwinnett County firefighters responded to 11 motor vehicle accidents with injuries. They also saw a total of 18 calls for wires and trees down — 12 of the former, six of the latter.

Few caused significant damage.

“Though units were kept busy,” Lt. Colin Rhoden said, “there were no reports of serious injury or major structural damage.”

Fire officials and other personnel staffed the county’s Emergency Operations Center throughout the storm.

“We are fortunate to have the support of county leaders and elected officials who make public safety a top priority,” Rhoden said. “Gwinnett citizens are to be commended for heeding the advice of public safety officials and staying off the roads and preparing for the winter storm.”