Low visibility leads to many car accidents

Numerous accidents were reported Wednesday in Seneca County as road conditions were slippery and visibility was near zero.

Seneca County Sheriff Bill Eckelberry said white-out conditions were reported in the county Wednesday, prompting a Level 3 snow emergency to be issued. He said visibility was so bad, some county snow plows had to sit stationary because of the visibility issues.

“It was pretty bad out there,” he said.

After the wind died down Wednesday evening, the snow emergency was downgraded to a Level 2.

“The whiteout conditions have pretty much gone away,” Eckelberry said Wednesday evening. “But the roads are still pretty rough.”

Of the numerous crashes reported Wednesday, many were vehicles and semi-trucks that went into ditches.

“We handled quite a few crashes this afternoon,” Eckelberry said.

A sheriff’s office spokeswoman said Wednesday evening that only two of the crashes reported Wednesday had injuries.

The first was reported in the morning on West US 224. The spokeswoman said Bascom fire, New Riegel EMS and the Echo unit responded to that crash and at least one person was transported to the hospital. She said she didn’t believe the crash was serious.

The second injury crash was reported in the afternoon at East US 224 and TR 104. Attica fire and EMS and the Echo unit responded to that crash, and a semi-truck driver was transported to Mercy Willard Hospital.