July 31, 2014

Elyria
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Slick roads lead to lots of crashes


It was a crazy morning for drivers and law enforcement alike.

And it all can be blamed on Mother Nature and a nasty mix of rain, ice and sleet.
Several accidents sent troopers and officer all over the county early Monday morning.

Black ice and freezing rain was the worst near Middle Ridge Road and state Route 2 as well as state Route 20 and state Route 301, where three cars slid into each other.

Patrol dispatchers said injuries were reported in some of the accidents, but no information was available about who went to the hospital or the severity.

Elyria police Capt. Chris Costantino said there were 12 accidents in rapid succession around 7:30 a.m.

“It all happened very quickly,” he said. “All of the bridges — Leo Bullocks, Gulf Road, state Route 113 and West River Road – were icy. It was rather odd. In my 23 years here, I can’t recall it happening all at the same time before. Normally, it’s just one or two bridges.”

Costantino said a few of the accidents had injuries, but nothing that required major accident investigators, which is typical when there is a fatality or life-threatening injuries.

Once it was clear, officers were dealing with more than just driver error, several of the bridges were closed until snow plows and salt trucks could come into the area.
“Once the salt took effect, we haven’t had any further problems,” Costantino said.