June 30, 2016

Partly sunny

Several crashes on icy roadways

Icy road conditions contributed to two three-vehicle crashes around 6:30 a.m. Monday, as well as at least five other crashes before 11 a.m., according to the Ohio Highway Patrol.

A dispatcher at the patrol’s Medina post said there were no serious injuries in any of the crashes.

Trooper Dan Kumor said he responded to one of the three-vehicle crashes about 6:20 a.m.

The driver of a pickup eastbound on Interstate 76 lost control and veered left off the road and into the median. Kumor said the vehicle flipped at some point.

The driver of a sport utility vehicle traveling behind the pickup spun out and hit the truck, Kumor said, and continued through the median into the westbound lane.

The driver of a second eastbound SUV then struck the pickup.

Kumor said he was surprised no one was hurt.

“They were lucky,” he said.

Another three-vehicle crash occurred about 6:35 a.m.

Lt. Raymond Durant, of the patrol’s Ashland post, said he came upon the crash on his way to work.

The driver of a westbound SUV on I-76 lost control of the vehicle and hit a guardrail, he said.

Another driver, behind the wheel of a Chevy Cruise, swerved to avoid hitting the SUV and struck another westbound vehicle.

Durant said he handed the case over to the Medina post when troopers arrived.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.

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Nick Glunt primarily covers courts and crime in Medina County. He served The Gazette from September 2012 to December 2015. Contact him at (330) 721-4048 or via email at nglunt@medina-gazette.com.