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Weekend crashes serve as reminder about winter driving safety

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) -- Winter weather puts drivers at an increased risk of vehicle accidents.

In video captured Sunday near Germantown, drivers involved in a massive pileup could be seen walking around near their cars at the scene.

State patrol trooper Robert Koenen said that's a mistake.

"If you're involved in an accident, the best thing to do is to turn on your hazards and attempt to get your car off the travel portion of the roadway," he said.

"Stay in your car if at all possible," Koenen said, adding it's even advisable to put on your seatbelt while waiting.

"Generally, cars weigh three or four-thousand pounds," Koenen said. "That's a lot of weight coming down at highway speeds. So you get can hit by a car of course, that's the primary concern."

Koenen said if your car happens to be dead or rolled over, and it's not possible to get back inside, it's best to try and find another car or vehicle -- like a fire truck or ambulance -- to sit inside.

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