Central Ohio Accidents Blamed on the Snow


UPDATED: Saturday January 25, 2014 7:25 PM

Hundreds of accidents are being blamed on this latest round of snow.

The owner of Broad and James Towing anticipates as many as 200 calls before Saturday is over.

Early Saturday, traffic along I-70 Westbound in parts of Licking County was reduced to one lane and at a virtual crawl.

Officials blame the backups on several semi crashes.

One overturned just before Swamp Road in Hebron and a further east, emergency lights helped guide drivers completely off the freeway at State Route 37 as crews worked to upright a semi.

"I came in on 70 and there were like 30 wrecks between 310 and 256," said Jim Shriner who owns Broad and James Towing Company.

Shriner says because of the weather, business is booming.

"It's been crazy busy, cars have just gone out all day long. There are wrecks all over the road," he said.

Shriner responded to several call including a spin out on the 270 Northbound ramp off Broad Street.

D'Juan Jefferson's drove off into a ditch, he says bald tires were to blame.

Fortunately Jefferson was not injured but it certainly put a crimp in his plans to attend Columbus State.

"I was going to class and happened to slide off the road, the road was like really bad, it was really bad this morning," said Jefferson.

Officials say if you don't have to be out, it's a good idea to stay home because the roads can be deceiving and very dangerous.

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