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Frustrated drivers complain about black ice on highways

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All over Northwest Ohio, this weather made a mess of the highways, sending cars and trucks into ditches.

Despite the heavy volume of spin outs, police aren't reporting any major injuries.    

But frustrated drivers who didn't even fly off the road say the snow, wind, and ice was scary.

"It's pretty to look at if you're inside, but not so much if you're on the roads. So stay in!" says Jodi Wong.

In Perrysburg about a half dozen cars slid into the median of a quarter mile stretch of I-475 North between Fort Meigs Road and the Dixie Highway exit, bringing traffic to a stand-still.

"There is black ice on the road. It looks a lot better than it is. Looks like you just have snow wisping across the road but there is black ice underneath," says Kelly Leatherwood, a driver who was leaving Maumee.

There was a semi humped over the median of I-75 at 582. That's the Luckey-Haskins exit.

Thursday afternoon, the chaos surrounding that spin-out stopped southbound traffic completely for more than an hour.

"I saw a state patrolman came around, hung onto the rear door of his car and the wind was just blowing his feet across the ice," says Leatherwood.

People stuck in that parking lot were grateful once traffic cleared and they were able to get out, stretch, and use the bathroom at the rest stop south of Bowling Green.

"We're heading south to warmer weather," says Wally Ostrom of Toledo.  His wife Karen says, "We have a condo in Corpus Christi so we want to get out of this."

Wong hopes she gets her niece back to college safely.

"it would be nice I'm sure once we get down to Atlanta," says Wong. "If we get there."

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