MIAMI COUNTY — An inch of ice caused miles of trouble late Friday and early Saturday morning for motorists.
Reports of salt trucks even driving backwards in order to gain traction on the roadways was reported in several areas around the county.
The Miami County Sheriff’s Office declared a Level 2 emergency early Saturday. The Level 2 was lifted by 11 a.m. Saturday.
The layer of ice on roadways caused numerous slide-offs and accidents around the county.
According to Lt. Tom Wheeler, the Miami County Sheriff’s Office recorded 83 assist motorist reports Saturday. No serious injuries were reported.
Lt. Wheeler stated the icy road conditions were “the worst I’ve seen in the 23 years I’ve been here.”
“We hope everyone slows down or stays home,” Lt. Wheeler said.
According to Troy Police Department’s Capt. Joe Long, 23 crashes were reported Saturday in the Troy jurisdiction. The Troy Police Department logged 115 calls in a 24-hour period. Approximately 27 accidents were reported, including one that involved a Troy police cruiser. Long said an officer was responding to an accident on East Canal Street on Saturday morning when the incident occurred. The cruiser slid into a car, but no injuries were reported. The cruiser sustained minor damage.
Fletcher Volunteer Fire Department responded to a garage fire early Saturday morning in the 4700 block of E. State Route 36, Fletcher.
The weather also closed school events and delayed the opening of businesses and Brukner Nature Center, the Hobart Brothers Company’s Christmas party at Hobart Arena, and the Troy Senior Citizens Center on Saturday.
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