Ice storm keeps law enforcement busy

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 8, 2003

Icy roads kept law enforcement officials busy Monday night.

Sgt. John Smith of the Ironton Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said three ice-related accidents occurred in Decatur Township that night. Two more occurred north of Decatur on State Route 93.

Only two people were transported to hospitals as a result of one of the accidents, Smith said. Two elderly women were on their way back to Jackson after one had picked up the other from Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital. After their car slid on ice into a ditch, Smith said the women complained of back pain and were taken back to OLBH as a precaution.

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Another accident occurred on U.S. 52 near the South Point corporation limit, Smith said. In this accident, cars had slid into the median.

More snow is forecasted for Thursday night through Sunday. Smith recommended that anyone driving in the snow should slow down, preparing for icy conditions, even when icy conditions aren't visible at the time. In the case of accidents in and near Decatur, State Route 93 was dry on the 13-mile marker, Smith said. Smith also advised against slamming on one's brakes when driving on an icy road.