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It started at 10 AM.

Hundreds of people crossing over the I-74 bridge in Bettendorf, when a single decision triggered a 31 car pile up.

Bettendorf Police say one person made an illegal lane change when heading into Iowa, triggering dozens to start stopping and skidding all over the bridge. 

"I didn't have time to be scared," says Dustin Cable, one of the drivers who was caught in the wash. "It was over before I had time to be scared. It was just crazy."

Cable was on his way to work Monday morning, when he found himself in the middle of a serious situation.

"I hit the brakes, there was no friction at all," he explains. "I mean it was just solid ice.

Nearly 3 dozen cars in all ended up damaged, including Dustin's. 

But that's just half the story. 

Hundreds of drivers were stuck in over an hour of traffic, as police completely shut down the Iowa bound lanes. 

"I was in the middle of the bridge, actually on the bridge," says Ashley Moore, who was stuck in traffic for nearly an hour and a half. "You can feel the shaking from all the cars driving by on the other side. So it was kind of a scary thing."

Though her car is OK, she says she would like to see something done, to prevent these kinds of accidents, from happening again.

"I would like to see I-DOT do something about the condition because around here, when it gets cold, icy... Especially on the bridge, it's so dangerous. So it'd be nice to see sand or salt or something down to prevent accidents from happening."

We asked the Iowa DOT, who is in charge of the Iowa bound lanes, if they pre-treated the lanes before the frigid weather on Sunday night and Monday morning. 

They said no, and the bridge was clear when they checked it on Monday. 

Any moisture or black ice, according to a spokesman, was most likely carried on car tires from Moline, before getting to the bridge. 

That may be what caused the icy conditions. 

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