911 Calls for Icy Slips, Falls Surge Amid Freezing Rain in New Jersey

A New Jersey county saw a surge in 911 calls for elderly people slipping and falling on the ice as a storm dumped snow and freezing rain throughout the area Friday morning, authorities said.

Ocean County Sheriff Michael Mastronardy told NBC 4 New York that by midday his county had more than 70 911 calls for older people being injured on the ice.

Most of those calls were from retirement communities in Manchester and Berkeley townships.

Mastronardy said extra ambulances were requested from Monmouth and Berlington counties to help with the call load, and paramedics were picking up two patients at a time in some areas. 

Parts of the area were under a freezing rain advisory.

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