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Crash makes commute tough on Route 146

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A cab brings down power lines on Route 146 in North Smithfield, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. A cab brings down power lines on Route 146 in North Smithfield, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014.
NORTH SMITHFIELD, R.I. -

As quickly as they could move it, the more the snow fell Wednesday, covering parking lots, driveways and the side roads along Route 146 in North Smithfield.

"If you don't drive slow, you're all over the place. Everyone's doing 20," said Rick Ballou, of Douglas, Mass.

"Everybody out on a daily commute, everybody trying to get to work on time, and if you don't have a car with four-wheel drive, you're pretty much screwed out there," said Josh Perron of Lincoln.

Luckily, Steve Kent has a four-wheel-drive vehicle. He's starting a trek all the way to Nebraska.

"Yes, in a snow blizzard. My dad's real sick, so I have to get back and I'm not going to let a little snow stop me," Kent said.

The snow didn't stop National Grid crews either. They responded to the scene of an early morning tractor-trailer crash on 146.

The truck was traveling northbound toward Sayles Hill Road just as the snow was beginning to fall at about 5 a.m. The truck spun out, hit a utility pole and took down wires, cutting power to three buildings across the street.

It served as a warning to commuters.

"If everybody stays on the same page and drives like you're supposed to drive. It'd be fine," said Mike LaMoore of North Smithfield.

It's not yet known when power will be restored to the places that lost it, but National Grid crews expect to be out all day and night.

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