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