Winter weather wreaks havoc on Thursday commutes in Northwest Ohio

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Slushy snow and strong winds made for slick commutes Thursday.

On State Route 64 in Waterville Township, a crash claimed the life of 21-year-old Contessa Walls.

"Once our troopers arrived on scene it was learned that the driver of the Kia, which was a female driver, was deceased on impact," said Lt. Angel Burgos of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

In a release, troopers say 31-year-old Jackie Henninger lost control of her SUV on the snow covered road and struck Walls' car head-on.

"If there's slush or ice or snow on the road, don't drive out of your means or out of your skill level," said Lt. Burgos reminding drivers of the dangers of winter travel.

As the evening went on the commute along the Ohio Turnpike turned white-knuckle.

"Crazy," said driver Ken Denslow of Maryland. "[There's] lots of traffic, snow, ice [and] crazy drivers."

Troopers responded to multiple crashes caused by the wintry weather in both directions of the busy road. That caused major back-ups for drivers looking to get back home.

"What time are you expecting to get where you're going tonight now?," 13abc reporter Michael Bratton asked Denslow. "GPS says 1:17 a.m.," said Denslow.

With a few more weeks of winter left, drivers like Denslow are reminding others to take it slow.

"Take it easy," said Denslow. "Take [your] time. Watch out for others."