Icy roads send cars tumbling

Published 9:09 am Tuesday, January 3, 2012

By Benita Heath

The Tribune


The New Year was just a day old when weather wreaked havoc on part of the county.

Early Monday afternoon icy roads caused a six-car pileup on U.S. 52 by the twin bridges from Coal Grove to Ashland, Ky., according to a dispatcher with the Jackson post of the Ohio Highway State Patrol.

During the day the patrol was called out to 16 accidents, with the majority of them happening between 1 and 3 p.m. Accidents were also reported on County Road 775.

With weekend weather in the 50s, the sudden drop in temperature to the 20s with snow squalls caused slick spots on many county roads.

County Engineer Doug Cade was called out to supervise an emergency county road crew at 1:30 this morning when three vehicles were stuck on County Road 12 or Big Patty Creek Road.

“It was just icy,” Cade said. “The northern part of the county got an additional amount of snow, more than the southern part.”

Roads in the worst condition were in Rome, Windsor, Symmes and Lawrence townships, the engineer said.

This morning all county crews were out treating the 12 snow routes.

“They started at 6 a.m. this morning,” Cade said.

The National Weather Service in Charleston reports snow showers to continue today with a slight warming trend throughout the week.