AutosOhio sees unusual rise in snow plow collisions amid mild winter, alarming authorities

Ohio sees unusual rise in snow plow collisions amid mild winter, alarming authorities

In January 2024 alone, there were 16 accidents involving plows in Ohio.
In January 2024 alone, there were 16 accidents involving plows in Ohio.
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10:11 AM EST, February 3, 2024, updated: 4:24 AM EST, March 7, 2024

Winter conditions always present various challenges for drivers: morning snow removal, tire changing, car winterization, and, most importantly, difficult road conditions that can sometimes lead to accidents and collisions. Nevertheless, encounters involving snow plows-clearing roads are typically unusual. The recent double-digit increase over a few weeks is a real anomaly.

The Department of Transportation from the State of Ohio, USA, recently released some astonishing statistics. As it turns out, in January of 2024 alone, there were as many as 16 accidents state-wide involving snow plows.

Most of these incidents occurred because of driver errors such as not spotting the snow plows, forcing them to give way, or losing control of their car, resulting in a collision. It also should be noted that stopping a massive truck instantly on a snow-covered road is next to impossible.

The authorities are alarmed by this number. During the entire previous winter season, i.e., from late 2022 into 2023, there were 26 such incidents recorded. Road workers state that this year's winter in Ohio was comparatively mild.

Some of the accident photos posted on social media by ODOT look truly alarming. Even though, thus far, no one has been injured in any of the instances, state authorities are urging everyone to be extra cautious in adverse winter conditions. The department says, "In a collision between a car and a plow, the plow will always win."

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