Almost four dozen crashes were reported in a 5-hour period as snow blanketed Clark County on Friday, including one crash that temporarily shut down Interstate 70.
At least five car slide-offs were reported on I-70 between mile markers 49 and 54 by early afternoon, one of which shutdown the westbound lanes, according to Clark County Sheriff Gene Kelly. All available deputies were put on the road to assist with investigations.
In total, there were 41 crashes in Clark County by 2 p.m. One accident, in the 3000 block of South Tecumseh Road in Mad River Twp., sent a driver to the hospital with serious injuries.
A semi-tractor trailer traveling north lost control on the snow-covered road around 10:30 a.m., sliding into a Greenon Local Schools bus and a car that was following the school bus. No students were on board, and the bus only sustained minor damage.
However, the car sustained heavy damage and was pushed into a ditch and onto its side during the crash, said Trooper Toby Sebastian of the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Springfield post.
The driver of the car, whose name has not been released, had serious injuries and was transported to the hospital. The semi driver was not injured. The crash is still under investigation, and troopers are deciding if the semi driver will be cited, Sebastian said.
The bus was heading to Ehman’s Garage in Springfield for repairs, and was being driven by an Ehman’s employee at the time of the crash. The car involved in the crash was following the bus and was also being driven by a garage employee, according to Megan Anthony, spokeswoman for Greenon schools.
Roger Davis lives across the street from where the accident happened and said he doesn’t see wrecks on South Tecumseh Road often.
“I just looked out the front window and saw a car laying on its side,” he said. “People just need to slow down and pay attention to what they’re doing.”
Snow was likely a factor in the crash, Sebastian said, but careful driving could have prevented the accident.
“It’s when you get going a little bit too faster, over-estimate your stopping distance and you’re going to find yourself in some trouble,” he said.
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