Even before Thursday's morning rush hour, crashes were occurring throughout central Ohio roadways as motorists tried to navigate slippery roads.
On the city's northeast side, near the corner of Westerville and Morse roads, authorities were working to clear a multiple-vehicle crash that occurred at about 6:30 a.m.
And a five-vehicle crash, including a school bus, snarled traffic on Westerville Road Thursday morning. No injuries were reported in that crash, and no students were on the bus, 10TV's Maureen Kocot.
A woman who crashed along Interstate 270 earlier in the morning was hospitalized with unspecified injuries.
Police said the woman was exiting I-270 onto Morse Road at about 4 a.m. when she lost control of her car.
The vehicle flipped several times before coming to a rest on its top.
People were slipping and sliding all over the roads during the morning commute.
"Even if the road looks good, it's not good, no good at all," said driver Danielle Welch.
Shortly before 9 a.m., authorities closed the eastbound lanes of U.S. Route 33 at Avery Road because of a crash. No injuries were reported.
One lane of U.S. 33 was reopened about 20 minutes later.
10TV's Karina Nova reported that the city's northeast side was marked by crashes, especially along I-270 near Main and Broad Street.
Other crashes were reported along Dublin-Granville Road.
A crash at state Route 161 happened after a car slid through the intersection with Hamilton Road. The driver hit the brakes, propelling the car into a snowdrift.
In Westerville, medics took a woman to the hospital after she slipped on the ice and injured her arm.
Just down the street, a driver lost control on the ice and struck another car.
When police showed up to take a report, even the officer lost his footing in a parking lot that had turned into a skating rink, Kocot reported.
Wade Pritsel was hurrying to catch the bus Thursday morning and ended up falling flat on his back. He got back on his feet, uninjured, but wiser, Kocot reported.
"It's really bad," Pritsel said.
Live Doppler 10 meteorologist Mike Davis said a wintry mix will persist through the early part of Thursday, causing icy roads.
By lunchtime, salt and warming temperatures had helped melt away much of the ice, but as the temperature drops after sundown, black ice could become a problem again.
Moisture should push out of central Ohio as we move through the day.
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