April showers bring May flowers, so what did November snow bring in Ashtabula County?

Fender benders and cars off the road.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol responded to 78 weather-related incidents on the roads from 6 p.m. Monday until 6 a.m. Wednesday, according to a patrol sergeant.

Of those 78 calls, 15 resulted in crash reports and four of those 15 reports were accidents that resulted in minor injuries, he said. Troopers were busy with calls all over the county from Andover to Conneaut and Geneva to Windsor, he said.

There was a reported semi-truck on its side in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 90 just before 5 p.m. but no serious injuries in that accident. Around 6:30 p.m. a semi-truck and a couple vehicles could be seen off the road in the southbound lanes of Route 11.

Local departments in the county had varying reports regarding accidents. Officials at the Ashtabula Fire Department described the night as “mild,” and officials at the Ashtabula Township Fire Department said it was “pretty calm.”

Conneaut firefighter Michael Bernato said there was one accident on Woodworth Road where a car lost control and got stuck on the side of some railroad tracks. Everyone was OK, he said.

An official at the Geneva Fire Department said he was aware of one accident on South Broadway, but he described it as “nothing major.”

Villages reported much the same. Andover fire Chief Mike Spencer said the scanner was busy all night but the Andover Volunteer Fire Department only had one call for a car off the road and in a ditch.

“Thankfully there were no injuries,” he said.

Jefferson Fire Department Chief Tom Lachey also reported a car in a ditch but nothing major on the roads.

“It was very quiet, fortunately, for the weather conditions,” he said.

In Orwell fire Chief Shane Gregory said there were a couple accidents with no serious injuries.

On Wednesday morning around 9 a.m. a car and school bus were involved in an accident on Route 322 east of Route 46 in Colebrook Township, Gregory said.

There were no children on the bus at the time and the bus driver was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure, Gregory said. 

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