Blowing snow wreaks havoc on travel

Blowing snow made travel difficult in Seneca County Sunday.

Snowplows were out clearing roads, and Seneca County Sheriff’s Office called its second shift in early to help handle crashes.

Deputy Denny Wilkinson said people have to get used to driving in blowing snow again. The last two winters, he said, were pretty mild.

“We haven’t had this for the past two winters,” he said.

According to sheriff’s office reports, vehicles were in ditches at North SR 53 and East CR 38, on East SR 18, near West US 224 and South TR 113, and at West SR 18 and West CR 26 Sunday afternoon.

A truck flipped on its side on East CR 62 Sunday afternoon. Items inside the vehicle struck a person in the head, and a person was taken to The Bellevue Hospital, according to the sheriff’s office.

Green Springs EMS and fire and the Echo unit responded to the accident.

Wilkinson investigated a three-vehicle accident in the 2000 block of East US 224 around 1 p.m. Sunday.He said Robert A. Schock, 16, of Bloomville, was driving a 2004 Dodge Neon eastbound on US 224 when he came upon the snow-covered roadway, lost control and went left of center. His vehicle collided with a westbound 1999 Chevrolet Lumina driven by Daniel C. Hickman, 43, of Bloomville.

Joseph G. Nara Jr., 31, of Pennsylvania, was driving a 2011 Dodge truck behind Hickman’s vehicle. Wilkinson said he saw the accident occurring and tried to avoid hitting the vehicles. He lost control, and the vehicle went through a ditch and into a field, he said.

Hickman was going to seek medical assistance later, he said.

Wilkinson estimated US 224 was closed for an hour. Tiffin EMS and Clinton fire personnel assisted at the scene.

Deputy Justin Nowak investigated a crash that caused property damage at 682 N. TR 15 Sunday.

He said a vehicle was southbound on TR 15 when it left the road and struck a fence, swingset and multiple trees. The vehicle, believed to be a newer model GM pickup or sport utility vehicle, left the scene prior to law enforcement’s arrival, he said.

The impact took out about 50 feet of a wooden fence and metal posts, flipped over the swingset and damaged the trees. There were no skid marks, and the road was icy, Nowak said.

A car was damaged by snow from a passing snowplow near Fostoria. Deputy Troy Gibson said a Fostoria city plow was on CR 25, north of Fostoria, and a large amount of snow blew into the northbound lane as the plow was heading back into the city.

“The weight of the snow damaged the front bumper of the car (and) dented it in,” he said.

No citations were issued, and no one was injured, he said.