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Ice and snow cited as likely causes of head-on collision in Ohio

Authorities in Ohio have reported that two people were injured in a head-on collision involving a U.S. Postal Service vehicle and a passenger car in Lorain on Nov. 13. Police say that ice and snow likely contributed to the car accident, and alcohol does not appear to be a factor. The collision occurred on the Lofton Henderson Memorial Bridge shortly before 5 p.m.

According to a Lorain police representative, the driver of the postal vehicle appears to have lost control as he proceeded northbound across the bridge. The vehicle then slid across the roadway and into the path of northbound traffic where it struck an oncoming car head-on.

Emergency medical services personnel originally planned to use a helicopter to transport the critically injured driver of the postal vehicle to a medical facility, but poor weather conditions forced them to rely on ground transportation. The 31-year-old Lorain woman behind the wheel of the sedan suffered moderate injuries in the crash, and she was taken to a medical facility in Lorain for treatment. Both the northbound and southbound lanes of the bridge were closed to traffic for approximately two hours after the wreck.

Ohio residents might know that road travel can become particularly hazardous as temperatures drop, and icy conditions could make even the most well-traveled stretches of road treacherous. In these conditions, drivers are expected to reduce speed and exercise caution, and they may face civil sanctions when they fail to do so. An injured crash victim could possibly file a claim to recover his or her medical expenses, property damage and lost income with the help of a lawyer.

Source: The Morning Journal , "Two sent to hospital after crash on Lofton Henderson Bridge", Eric Bonzar, November 14, 2014

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