Snowy roads lead to many local crashes

Snow-covered roadways caused numerous accidents throughout Seneca County Friday.

In Tiffin, 16 accidents were reported within a couple of hours Friday afternoon, according to the police department’s Facebook page. A spokesman from the police department said no injuries were reported from the crashes.

“We had an unbelievable amount of accidents,” said Sgt. Bryan Bryant of the Tiffin Police Department Friday afternoon.

Bryant said his cruiser was involved in one of the accidents after a vehicle slid into the rear of it as Bryant was attempting to turn. He said the accident, at Wall and Grace streets, caused minor damage to his cruiser.

The other driver was cited with failure to maintain assured clear distance ahead, Bryant said.

In the county, a Seneca East school bus was involved in an accident Friday afternoon. About 30 students were on the bus at the time of the accident, but none were injured, said Laura Kagy, superintendent of Seneca East Local Schools.

Kagy said a vehicle had slid into the back of the bus, which was stopped for a railroad crossing on SR 4 in Siam. She said the accident occurred around 3:15 p.m.

The bus was not damaged, Kagy said. The kids were moved to an empty bus and they were transported home, she said.

A spokeswoman from the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office said 13 accidents had been reported in the county throughout the afternoon and evening. No injuries were reported, she said.

The county was under a Level 1 snow emergency Friday evening.