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Snow was light, patrol workload was not

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    BRUCE BISHOP / CHRONICLE A tow truck operator works to hook the chains on an overturned pickup, one of many vehicles involved in crashes Wednesday. This crash on Durkee Road near state Route 82 sent at least one person to the hospital.

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As winter weather blew through the county, the Ohio Highway Patrol responded to multiple crashes throughout the county.

As of 9 p.m. Wednesday, troopers handled 20 crashes, with the majority of them being weather related, Sgt. Paul March said. While nothing was too major, he said there were a couple of minor injury crashes throughout the day.

“Of those 20, I’m sure they’re probably all saying weather –— I know the weather didn’t help,” March said.

As one of the busier posts in the area, 20 crashes in a day isn’t unheard of — especially during winter storms — but is higher than troopers normally see, he said.

While not strictly weather related, a crash on route 20 in Wakeman did close the highway down for around an hour Wednesday evening.

One man was injured in a pickup and semi crash Wednesday evening.

About 5:40 p.m., the patrol’s Norwalk post responded to the two-vehicle crash on U.S. 20 east. A GMC pickup, driven by Orval Tingler, 63, of Oberlin, was headed east on U.S. 20 when he drove left of center, hitting the rear axle of a westbound semitrailer driven by Jacob Fwearing, 40, of Iowa.

Tingler sustained incapacitating but not life-threatening injuries in the crash, the Highway Patrol said. He was flown from to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. Fwearing was not injured.

The National Weather Service said snow was concentrated in eastern part of the Lorain County. Meteorologist Raelene Campbell said snowfall ranged from 1 to 2 inches.

She said flurries are still possible into today, but most of the county is out of this bout of lake effect snow. This cell will start shifting further east into Erie, Pennsylvania, she said.

March said avoiding winter weather-related crashes often involves common sense.

“Extra following distance, check your seat belt, slow down, take your time and plan ahead and allow yourself more time to get where you need to go because when we allow just enough time or not enough, we get issues,” he said.

Contact Carissa Woytach at (440) 329-7245 or cwoytach@chroniclet.com.
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