Wednesday, December 24, 2008


The icy rain began to fall across the area around 6 p.m. Tuesday night causing streets and highways to become ice rinks.

Almost as quickly as the ice hit the pavement the reports of cars sliding off the road and car crashes started coming in – one crash in South Amherst on Route 113, just west of Baumhart road left one man dead. Mark Smitkowski, of Henrietta Township, was traveling on 113 when he began sliding and went left of center – an oncoming truck then struck him. In that crash, Central Lorain County Ambulance District Paramedics transported one other victim, with minor injuries, to Allen Community Hospital in Oberlin.

Troopers and Firefighters from Elyria Township Fire Department had their hands full with a 34-car crash on Route 57 near Route 254 – one person was transported from that crash with non-life threatening injuries.

Not to be out done Elyria had their own 30-car crash on Route 57 between East Broad Street & Chestnut Ridge Road. The crash, in the northbound lanes, resulted in no injuries. Police shut down that section of Route 57 until the mess was cleared away.

A crash on the Ohio Turnpike at the 146 Mile Marker sent six people to Elyria Memorial – four children with serious injuries. All four children were later transported to Cleveland hospitals by ground due to helicopters being grounded by bad weather.

The weather also had Police shutting down portions of 480 and I-90.

Temperatures will rise overnight and hit near 45 on Wednesday – rain is expected throughout the day with a chance of snow during the evening hours.

The Next 24
Rain. High near 45. Breezy, with a south wind between 13 and 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Wednesday Night: Rain showers likely before 10pm, then a chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a low around 26. Breezy, with a west wind between 21 and 24 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Christmas Day: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 30. West wind between 6 and 16 mph.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just a phenomenal job by all the emergency crews that were on the road last night in the dangerous weather. Sad that one person had to lose their life 2 days before Christmas, but thankfully no more did and more thankfully, with all those cars getting out of control not one emergency provider was injured or killed.

A big Kudos to the dispatcher who works evenings at Lifecare. I just have no idea how he could keep track of everything going on. There was so much radio traffic all with major events occurring. Great job Terry!!!

And to to the Township verse City pot stirrirs, please don't turn this story into another opportunity!!

9:19 AM  
Anonymous Eric L. said...

It was crazy out. It's sad that one lost their life but I'm glad that number is that low. I was lucky to get home alive myself last night. Good job to all public saftey and tow truck drivers!

1:33 PM  
Anonymous James said...

Yeah big thanks to all first responders. everyone out there did a great job

2:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As for the crash on 57 and 254, the crash started in Sheffield Township and extended back into Elyria Township. I didn't matter, everyone in the county was out and everyone was helping everyone. That's the way it's supposed to work. Kudos to everyone... from the 911 operators to the guys on the trucks. It's nice to see everyone playing nice !!!

4:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

TO 9:19 AM and others. Just do not make any comment to the "pot stirrirs"; as any comment just eggs them on. Let's just ignore them and do not give the the satisfaction of noticing them.

5:35 PM  

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