County is under snow emergency, crashes keep law enforcement busy


Wood County and some local communities remained under snow emergencies this morning following a storm
that brought up to 7 inches of snowfall Tuesday and overnight.
The sheriff’s office issued a Level One snow emergency early Tuesday afternoon, which remained in place
this morning. Bowling Green and Northwood also were under snow emergencies. Bowling Green was expected
to life its emergency by 2 p.m., but Northwood Police and Fire said this morning that it was unsure when
its emergence would be raised because neighborhood streets had not yet been plowed.
The weather conditions also proved challenging for drivers in the county.
Dispatcher Dorothy Bixler of the Bowling Green Post of the State Highway Patrol said this morning that
there were 10 traffic crashes reported Tuesday, most of which occurred in the southern part of the
county and were largely weather-related. Several of the crashes occurred near the 167, 168 and 172 mile
posts of Interstate 75, around Cygnet and North Baltimore. At least two of the crashes involved
injuries. Two more crashes were reported as of about 7 a.m. this morning.
In one of the injury accidents, occurring at 1:20 p.m. at U.S. 6 near Ohio 281, Todd Peterson, Deshler,
was taken to Wood County Hospital by the Bradner Fire Department after the Ohio Department of
Transportation snow plow he was driving was reportedly struck from behind by a Peterbilt tractor-trailer
driven by Steven Hughes, Goshen, Ind. Peterson’s vehicle had reportedly slowed on the roadway for a
railroad crossing.
Information was not available on the second injury crash.
Deputy Jill Holland of the Wood County Sheriff’s Office said this morning that, beginning at 11 a.m.
Tuesday and continuing into this morning, there were 18 weather-related crashes reported in the county,
with four of those occurring on Ohio 199.
Within Bowling Green, between noon and 8 p.m., police handled six accidents related to slippery road
conditions, three on South Main Street, two on East Wooster Street, and one at the corner of Wooster
Street and Haskins Road.

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