Icy roads cause numerous crashes


More than 100 incidents recorded

By Melanie Yingst - myingst@civitasmedia.com



Mike Ullery | Daily Call A jackknifed semi blocks County Road 25-A at Troy-Sidney Road north of Piqua on Saturday afternoon after the driver lost control after hitting a patch of ice. No one was injured, but the highway was blocked for more than an hour until a tow truck could move the vehicle.

Mike Ullery | Daily Call A jackknifed semi blocks County Road 25-A at Troy-Sidney Road north of Piqua on Saturday afternoon after the driver lost control after hitting a patch of ice. No one was injured, but the highway was blocked for more than an hour until a tow truck could move the vehicle.


Information provided by the Miami County Sheriff’s Office:

Level 1

Roadways are hazardous. Motorists are urged to drive very cautiously.

Level 2

Roadways are hazardous with blowing and/or drifting snow and possible icy conditions. Only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roadways. Employees should contact their employers with regards to questions about reporting to work.

Level 3

Road conditions are extremely poor and should only be utilized by emergency personnel. No one should be out during these conditions unless it is absolutely necessary to travel. All employees should contact their employers to ascertain if they should report to work.

MIAMI COUNTY — An inch of ice caused miles of trouble for motorists over the weekend, especially late Friday and early Saturday.

Reports of salt trucks even driving backward in order to gain traction on the roadways was reported in several areas around the county.

The Miami County Sheriff’s Office declared a Level 2 emergency early Saturday. The Level 2 was lifted by 11 a.m. Saturday.

The weather closed school events and delayed the opening of businesses in the area, and the layer of ice on roadways caused numerous slide-offs and accidents around the county.

According to Lt. Tom Wheeler, the Miami County Sheriff’s Office recorded 83 assist motorist reports Saturday. No serious injuries were reported.

Lt. Wheeler stated the icy road conditions were “the worst I’ve seen in the 23 years I’ve been here.”

“We hope everyone slows down or stays home,” Lt. Wheeler said.

According to Miami County dispatch, between late Friday night/early Saturday morning (midnight) and late Sunday morning, there had been 101 non-injury accidents reported, and 10 possible injury accidents, none of them serious.

On Sunday morning, Lt. William Weaver of the Piqua Police Department said the number of crashes decreased as Saturday night wore on.

“Today, we’ve had significantly less than the day before,” he said, adding that weather and road conditions overnight can be “like night and day.”

“We only had one crash overnight, whereas the day before, we had many more … I’ve never seen that many before at one time.”

Weaver said that overnight crash was a hit-and-run, and it is unknown whether or not it was weather-related.

Unless it’s absolutely necessary to leave home, Weaver advised staying off the roads as much as possible during bad weather.

“People should also stick to main routes if possible, because they get salted first, and be careful turning onto side streets because they’re typically much slicker than the main routes,” he noted. “That’s caused a lot of accidents, with people just not going slow enough.”

Mike Ullery | Daily Call A jackknifed semi blocks County Road 25-A at Troy-Sidney Road north of Piqua on Saturday afternoon after the driver lost control after hitting a patch of ice. No one was injured, but the highway was blocked for more than an hour until a tow truck could move the vehicle.
https://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2016/12/web1_121716mju_crash_25a_semi-2.jpgMike Ullery | Daily Call A jackknifed semi blocks County Road 25-A at Troy-Sidney Road north of Piqua on Saturday afternoon after the driver lost control after hitting a patch of ice. No one was injured, but the highway was blocked for more than an hour until a tow truck could move the vehicle.
More than 100 incidents recorded

By Melanie Yingst

myingst@civitasmedia.com

Information provided by the Miami County Sheriff’s Office:

Level 1

Roadways are hazardous. Motorists are urged to drive very cautiously.

Level 2

Roadways are hazardous with blowing and/or drifting snow and possible icy conditions. Only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roadways. Employees should contact their employers with regards to questions about reporting to work.

Level 3

Road conditions are extremely poor and should only be utilized by emergency personnel. No one should be out during these conditions unless it is absolutely necessary to travel. All employees should contact their employers to ascertain if they should report to work.

Follow Melanie Yingst on Twitter @Troydailynews. Belinda M. Paschal contributed to this story.

Follow Melanie Yingst on Twitter @Troydailynews. Belinda M. Paschal contributed to this story.