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First rain storm leads to trouble on the roadways

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

The first rain of the season moved in on Friday morning after a record dry summer.

All that rain brought some problems to the roadways as the wet stuff made for some slippery conditions.

There were several reports of cars spinning out on many of the area roadways.

It's the oil and grease built up over time that started to surface as the rain began to fall that made things slippery.

"I took the corner too fast and spun it out, and I almost got it to a good stop and didn't make it and obviously hit the wall," said Don Libby who was traveling with his family from Medford to Astoria.

Libby and his family ended up facing the wrong direction on Highway 26 after losing control on the slick roads.

All of them were OK, but their car needed to be towed.

"I will admit I got a little inpatient around the corner and that contributed to the problem," said Libby.

Throughout the morning there were several reports of cars spinning out or losing control on the slick roads and highways.

A viewer sent us one picture of a car that ended up on its side near Southwest 185 and Farmington Road.

"This happens every time the rains starts after the a few days of dry days all the oil on the ground gets wet and makes it super slick like an ice rink," said Don Gamble, a tow truck driver who stayed busy all morning long.

Gamble said he sees these types of problems first hand on days like today.

"It knocked that tire right off when it hit the curb after it spun out. Took that tire right off," said Gamble.

The driver of that car was traveling a little too fast as he came around the corner onto Southwest Barbur Boulevard from the Ross Island Bridge.

"While we were talking to him checking to see if he was ok we saw three more cars come around that turn and swerve and slip a little," said Roger Stephen who works nearby and went to help after the crash.

ODOT said the rain creates dangerous driving conditions and reduces visibility and on rainy days those roads can be tricky to drive on.

Experts want to remind drivers to slow down and keep your distance on rainy days.

They also suggest that drivers check their wipers, tires and brakes to make sure they're in good condition.

You can get traffic updates 24 hours a day at the Fox 12 traffic page.

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