Numerous Weather-Related Vehicle Accidents

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The wet and slushy roads caused numerous accidents across the Mid-Ohio Valley Wednesday.

In Ritchie County there were 14 weather related accidents at about 1:50 p.m. and one involved a school bus, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Captain Bryan Davis said the bus hit a guard rail, went across the road, and hit an embankment about three miles south of Harrisville on State Route 16. He said chains were on the bus properly and it appears the bus may have been going too fast for the snow covered road conditions. No citations have been issued at this point.
It is still under investigation.

Captain Davis said one child had a minor injury and the parent took the kid home. None of the children were taken to the hospital but the driver, Brenda Rhodes, was transported. Her injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

Sara Stalnaker, assistant supervisor at the Wood County 911 Center, said "It's been very busy. We started out with a lot of accidents- cars going into ditches. We ended up calling in some extra help due to the large call volume we were getting."

There were several accidents in the northeastern part of the county.

Stalnaker said especially on the two hills east of Kanawha on State Route 47.

"A lot of vehicles were helped out by other motorists. There were a couple wrecker services that did go out there I do believe and helped people out. Once the salt trucks came through most of the vehicles were able to get out under their own power."

Between 5 a.m. and 5 p.m., the 911 Center received 41 accident calls, the majority minor. There were apparently a couple of minor injuries but no major injuries were reported.

Stalnaker said their call volume slowed down later in the afternoon.

Meanwhile there were two weather-related accidents reported around 12:20 p.m. in Marietta. No injuries were reported.

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