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Slick roads catch drivers off-guard

A light accumulation of snow blanketed the Logan County area Thursday afternoon, and caused a number of injury and non-injury crashes for unsuspecting drivers on local roadways.

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A Logan County Engineer’s Office truck puts salt down about 5 p.m. Thursday along County Road 29 near County Road 5. A trio of vehicles slid off the road trying to negotiate a hill and curve around the 3000 block of C.R. 29 about 4:45 p.m. Thursday. First responders from Bellefontaine Fire and EMS and Macochee Joint Ambulance District responded and closed the roadway. At least one vehicle had to be towed from the scene. This is one of multiple weather-related incidents being investigated by deputies of the Logan County Sheriff’s Office. EXAMINER PHOTO | NATE SMITH)

Deputies of the Logan County Sheriff’s Office handled three injury crashes, and also at least four non-injury crashes on slick roadways.

Troopers of the Marysville Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol reported handling two non-injury crashes on State Route 47 in Logan County and also dealt with a fatal crash and a serious injury crash in Union County.  

“We had a high volume of calls in our service area yesterday,” Trooper Ty Skaggs said.

“I think drivers were taken by surprise that the roads were as bad as they were. There wasn’t a major weather event forecasted for yesterday, so drivers weren’t on high alert and didn’t realize until they starting sliding around just how slick the roads were.”

A trio of vehicles slid off County Road 29 near County Road 5 trying to negotiate a hill and curve about 4:45 p.m. Thursday

First responders from Bellefontaine Fire and EMS and Macochee Joint Ambulance District responded and closed the roadway. A Logan County Engineer’s Office truck put salt down in the area as well.

At least one vehicle had to be towed from the scene.

Deputies also responded to an injury crash at State Route 245 and County Road 47 about 3:40 p.m.

Mark A. Hostetler, 41, of West Liberty, reportedly was operating a southbound sport utility vehicle on C.R. 47 when he slid through a stop sign and was struck in the passenger side by an eastbound sport utility vehicle operated by Robert P. Truesdale, 44, of Bellefontaine.

Mr. Hostetler was transported by Macochee EMS to Mary Rutan Hospital for non-incapacitating injuries. Mr. Truesdale and his three passengers did not report any injuries.

Deputies continue to investigate the crash, and no citations have yet been issued. Damage was disabling to both vehicles.

Injury crashes also were reported on State Route 287 about 4 p.m. Thursday and also at 3 a.m. today on State Route 708 near County Road 61, deputies said.

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