Winter weather yields accidents

THURSDAY’S snow- and ice-covered roads resulted in several accidents which were investigated by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

A patrol dispatcher said that due to the large number of crashes, the reports have not yet been completed.

According to the patrol, two separate crashes happened within a mile of each other. One happened around 1 a.m. when a pickup truck hit the guardrail on Interstate 70 eastbound. The driver was not injured. At 1:45 a.m., a car hit the guardrail on I-70 east near Mile Marker 216.

The car rolled and the female driver was trapped. She was extracted from her vehicle and suffered non-life threatening injuries. About 15 feet of the guardrail was taken out due to the crash, and traffic on I-70 was reduced to one lane while crews worked to clean up the debris.

Two additional crashes were reported. Dispatchers said a car hit the median near Mile Marker 222 and then another car struck the guardrail. One of the drivers suffered a back injury and was transported to a local hospital.

Around 9:30 a.m., crews responded to a one-car crash along Rose Hill Pike near Belmont 214. The car crashed into a utility pole, but the driver was not injured.

A Belmont County sheriff’s deputy directed traffic around the area while crews cleaned up the debris. Police said no surrounding homes lost power because of the crash.