Several Thanksgiving day drivers have a lot to be thankful for, although it may not seem like it at first glance.
Hermiston and Pendleton emergency crews responded to several vehicle rollovers and accidents on Thanksgiving.
There were no major injuries in the three accidents called into the Hermiston Fire and Emergency Service District, said Mark Johnson, a paramedic for the district.
Crews responded at 1:16 a.m. to a rollover between the Echo and the Hermiston/Stanfield exits on Interstate 84, at 5:33 a.m. to a rollover that was canceled near the Rew Elevator exit, and at 6:20 a.m. at the Echo exit.
All drivers and passengers were wearing seatbelts, Johnson said.
The Oregon State Police also responded to three vehicle rollovers and four other accidents on I-84 Thursday between the Echo and Woodpecker Truck exits. The vehicles sustained extensive damage but the drivers suffered only minor injuries.
A vehicle rollover also occurred at 7:35 a.m. at milepost 285 on Highway 37, with the driver suffering minor injuries.
The roads will be slick while the dense fog and freezing temperatures persist, Johnson said.
"While we were responding to calls, we had people passing us at Code 3, right on that ice," he said. "We saw people slide off as we were responding to another call. Everyone needs to be cautious."
Best tip for fog: Drive slower!
The following tips for driving in the fog are provided by the National Weather Service:
Slow down. Slow down. Slow down.
Drive with lights on low beam. High beams will only be reflected back off the fog and actually impair visibility even more.
Listen for traffic you cannot see.
Use wipers and defrosters as necessary for maximum visibility.
Be patient. Do not pass lines of traffic.
Do not stop on a freeway or a heavily traveled road. If your car stalls or becomes disabled, move away from the vehicle to avoid personal injury.
Try postponing your trip until the fog clears. Usually by late morning or during the afternoon, visibility improves.