Wintery Weather Makes Driving Dangerous

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UPDATE 12/09/2013 11:00 AM

Snow fell around the Mid-Ohio Valley Sunday, creating more hazardous condition on our local roads.

The Wood County Sheriff's Office says there were 17 reported traffic crashes between Sunday morning and the afternoon.

There was also one issue of a lot of water flowing into Murdoch Avenue near 10th Street after a fire hydrant burst.

Friday's snowfall gives us all a first look at the upcoming winter.

But dreaming of a white Christmas also brings real danger to any of us on the road.

Wood County emergency responders tell us there were several automobile crashes overnight Friday and into Saturday morning, even as transportation officials cleared and salted roadways.

The sheriff's office says the most serious accident happened at the 4400 block of Route 14 between Vienna and Williamstown, where a driver went over an embankment after hitting some ice.

"The driver of the BMW, he was traveling northbound when he lost control of his vehicle upon crossing a small bridge that was icy. The BMW ran off the road, rolled over a hill where it came to a rest in a swampy, marshy area," says Wood County Sheriff's Deputy Matthew Hupp. "We had over half a dozen crashes between there and Williamstown and Boaz and the interstate near Williamstown."

The driver, who was coherent, was taken to Marietta Memorial Hospital.

The sheriff's office says icy roads also lead to crashes on the Williamstown-Marietta and Blennerhassett Bridges.

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