Medical emergency, slick streets lead to two crashes

Downtown Springfield accident is a fatal.

A man who struck a pole at the intersection of Columbia Avenue and Center Street in Springfield likely suffered a medical emergency prior to the incident. A police officer driving behind the victim as well as other witnesses said the vehicle slowed down before veering to the left, striking the pole.

“We have witnesses telling us that he had almost stopped for the red light here at Center Street and then slowly went forward to the pole, then came against it,” said Springfield police Sgt. Brian Radanovich.

Police confirmed the man was pronounced dead at Springfield Regional Hospital. The victim’s name was not released pending family notification Tuesday night.

Weather conditions contributed to another crash in German Twp. A coating of snow fell across the area before noon, causing slick road conditions.

At least one person was taken to the hospital following the crash on Upper Valley Pike in German Twp. Police said the driver slid off the road, spinning around and hitting a tree. A name and the driver’s condition were not released Tuesday.

“With the weather this winter certainly being milder than normal, (people) don’t get used to the driving conditions,” said German Twp. Officer Matt Thomas. “We’ve seen a few accidents out here. People didn’t slow down enough for the conditions.”

The snow should be done for this week. WHIO-TV Chief Meteorologist Jamie Simpson said warmer temperatures the rest of this week will likely cause rainy conditions rather than snow on Friday.

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