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Fluctuating weather brings flurry of crashes

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    Multiple crashes occurred early Tuesday afternoon during blizzard-like conditions near the Interstate 76 and state Route 57 interchange in Wadsworth.

    NATHAN HAVENNER / GAZETTE

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    The westbound lane of Interstate 76 was the sight of multiple accidents Tuesday afternoon when a rapid change in the weather caused poor visibility and icy road conditions. Ohio Highway patrol Sgt. Todd Belcher said several non-injury accidents were reported between mile-markers 4 and 8.

    NATHAN HAVENNER / GAZETTE

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    The westbound lane of Interstate 76 was the sight of multiple accidents Tuesday afternoon when a rapid change in the weather caused poor visibility and icy road conditions. Ohio Highway patrol Sgt. Todd Belcher said several non-injury accidents were reported between mile-markers 4 and 8.

    NATHAN HAVENNER / GAZETTE

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    Multiple accidents involving both single and multiple vehicles occurred early Tuesday afternoon near the Interstate 76 and state Route 57 interchange. Both Ohio Highway patrol and Wadsworth police responded to the accidents, caused by rapid blizzard-like conditions.

    NATHAN HAVENNER / GAZETTE

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Multiple crashes occurred early Tuesday afternoon during blizzard-like conditions near the Interstate 76 and state Route 57 interchange in Wadsworth.

NATHAN HAVENNER / GAZETTE Enlarge

WADSWORTH — A rapid change in the weather to blizzardlike conditions resulted in several crashes near the Interstate 76 and state Route 57 interchange Tuesday afternoon.

“The weather quickly changed, the roads became snow-covered and icy,” Ohio Highway Patrol Sgt. Todd Belcher said at the scene of one of the collisions.

“We handled several noninjury crashes between mile markers 4 and 8 (in) Medina County.”

Belcher said the series of crashes began at 12:40 p.m. and included single- and multivehicle collisions. All appeared to not involve injuries, he said.

“Wadsworth Police Department is out with probably three or four (crashes) and the highway patrol is out with another three or four,” Belcher said.

The crashes nearest to the interchange all occurred in the westbound lane and included a tractor-trailer that slid into a steel sign and two, two-car collisions.

Contact reporter Nathan Havenner at (330) 721-4050 or nhavenner@medina-gazette.com.

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