Saturday morning snow causes slick roads and sends drivers sliding
James Pollack, newsnet5.com
1:57 PM, Dec 29, 2012
CLEVELAND - Even though it happens every year, Northeast Ohio drivers need to be reminded to slow down when the snow falls. A series of crashes Saturday morning had emergency crews across the area racing to help.
AAA reports the business serviced approximately double the typical winter Saturday call volumes. By 11 a.m. Saturday morning, AAA dispatched service to over 330 reported incidents. The majority of calls are for stuck vehicles because of the slippery roadways. AAA also received a significant number of dead battery calls.
And along the north bound lanes of I-271, Pepper Pike and Beachwood emergency crews responded to a flipped vehicle, just north of Chagrin Boulevard.
According to authorities, Pepper Pike fire fighters had to rescue a woman who was trapped in the vehicle. It's believed the driver hit a patch of ice in the express lanes, slid into a wall, the flipped and ended up in the grassy area which separates the express and local lanes.
44 Cleveland city crews are working to clear the main streets. The Ohio Department of Transportation has about 70 crews working around the clock during the duration of the storm.
The snow is expected to taper off Saturday afternoon, the pick back up this evening, with an additional one to two inches expected.