First full day of spring brings wintry mix, road accidents

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On the first full day of spring, drivers couldn’t put away their winter driving skills yet.

Thick, heavy snow fell across the Miami Valley overnight Tuesday to Wednesday morning, causing several accidents and pushing back the region’s transition into spring weather.

Around 1:00 a.m. Wednesday, Dayton Police say a driver slid off the road on Northbound I-75 near the Edwin C. Moses exit. A teenager inside the car suffered non-life threatening injuries.

READ MORE: Teen hospitalized after crash on I-75 in Dayton

Just before 2:30 a.m., a tandem semi truck overturned on Westbound I-70, blocking the Hoke Road exit ramp for several hours.

READ MORE: Hoke Road exit ramp on I-70 reopens after semi crash

The driver was not injured, but Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers cited him for failure to control the vehicle.

“Drivers have to be reminded that they are responsible to drive to conditions,” said Sergeant Dallas Root, a trooper at the OSP Dayton Post. “Obviously when the weather gets worse, you have to drive with a little more caution and due regard.”

Ron Judd, owner and driver for Judd’s Lawn and Landscape, was hoping to switch from plow duties to springtime mowing soon.

“Old man winter can tuck away and let’s get on with spring,” Judd said.

He said Wednesday’s snowfall was thick and heavy and took multiple turns to clear parking lots.

“Roads this morning earlier were pretty sloppy,” he said. “But back roads with the wind: it was nasty.”

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