Snow causes accidents, closings Thursday

By Colin Foster

January 2, 2014

By Colin Foster

Staff Writer

MIAMI COUNTY — It was a busy day Thursday on the roadways for the Miami County Sheriff’s Office deputies, with many accidents being caused by the snowy conditions.

There were more than a dozen auto accidents reported to the sheriff’s office by 3 p.m. However, there was only one accident with an injury to a driver being reported.

That accident occurred at 8:38 a.m. by Bob’s Auto Repair, 507 N. Elm St. (County Road 25-A), in Troy. According to Miami County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Dave Duchak, the driver of the vehicle hit a guard rail and flipped over on its roof. Troy Medic 1 and Troy Engine 1 responded to the scene. Injuries were unknown, but nobody required serious medical treatment, he said.

Here’s a roundup of all the other accidents that occured on the roadways through Thursday afternoon:

Thursday’s Accidents:

Accident, 2:38 pm. on State Route 41 and Hufford Road, no injuries reported.

Accident, 2:17 p.m. McKaig Ave., no injuries reported.

Accident, 1:59 p.m., 6536 State Route 718, Pleasant Hill, no injuries reported

Accident, 12:45 p.m. on State Route 185 and State Route 48, no injuries reported.

Accident, 12:43 p.m. at Ross Road and Wildcat Road, Bethel Township, no injuries reported.

Accident, 11:10 a.m. near 10005 N. Lockington Road, Piqua, no injuries reported.

Accident, 10:20 a.m. State Route 41 and Knoop Road, Troy, no injuries reported.

Accident, 9:05 a.m. at Clevenger Road, Piqua, no injuries reported.

Accident, 7:28 a.m. at State Route 48 and Crescent Drive, Newberry Township, no injuries reported.

Accident, 6:48 a.m. at State Route 571 and 201 in Bethel Township, no injuries reported.

Accident, 6:38 a.m. at Kessler-Frederick Road and Crow Road, Tipp, no injuries reported.

Accident, 5:36 a.m. at South Market Street and West Market Street, Troy, no injuries reported.

Accident, near 8444 E. State Route 41, Troy, no injuries reported.

“Sunday and Monday are sounding a lot worse with what they’re saying it’s going to be,” Duchak said.

Local schools have felt the brunt of snowy conditions early into the winter season, as well.

Thursday was supposed to be Troy’s first day back to school since the holiday break — but it didn’t happen with snow moving through the Miami Valley in early the morning hours.

It was Troy’s second snow day this school year, just two weeks into winter.

“I think we’ve been spoiled the last few years; we’ve been blessed with having great winter months,” Troy City Schools Superintendent Eric Herman said. “Now that we’re getting into winter, it’s been cold and snowy — it has been a typical Midwest winter.”

Herman said the weather conditions caused the cancellation of Trojan’ sporting events Thursday, as well. He also added that with the way things are going, that there could be closings in the future at Troy, which could result in extended time at school for students.

“We still have all of January and February to go through,” he said. “I heard they are expecting another big storm to come through on Sunday.”

Miami East has already had three days of school closings — and superintendent Todd Rappold said that Thursday probably would have been the fourth if East had been scheduled to resume classes.

The Miami East School District will start back up Monday, assuming the weather cooperates.

“In 20 years, I can’t ever remember having to use three days before Christmas,” Rappold said. “I think winter is coming back with a vengeance.”

Miami East has five state-approved days of cancellations, along with three board approved ‘E-Days’ — where students do electronic assignments from home — before having to go extended time into the summer. If 75 percent of those assignments are completed from home on ‘E-Days,’ Miami East doesn’t have to make up those days.

“We’ve never had to utilize those programs,” Rappold said. “Having to use three days before Christmas, I’m assuming we may have to use those (this school year).”

The forecast is calling for a 100 percent chance of snow in the area on Sunday, with a potential chance for large amounts of accumulation.