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Wood County drivers battle black ice

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The blowing and drifting snow is affecting drivers all across Wood County. From Perrysburg down to Bowling Green, Route 25 took drivers by surprise. The gusty winds kept the rural roads treacherous throughout the day Saturday.

ODOT trucks repeatedly doused Route 25 with salt and grit, battling the black ice that's landed several drivers off road.

"Well I was driving on Route 25 going towards Perrysburg and I was driving really slow because I knew it was icy and must've hit some black ice," said a Toledo driver who slid into a snow patch.

The hefty wind gusts easily kicked up the lightweight snow creating blinding conditions for drivers and dangerously slick roads.

Sgt. Robert Burd with the Bowling Green Ohio State Highway Patrol says the heat of the tires melts the snow, which creates water on the roads. He says with the wind gusts and drifting snow, the water freezes instantly, causing black ice.

"A lot of times it's so polished you can't see it, but if your lane looks darker than the other lane, you are you're driving on black ice and people are not understanding that," says Sgt. Burd.

On Route 25, near King Rd. was the scene of several accidents and slide-offs. One patrol car was even hit while responding to an accident there.

"The snow was blowing in that area so badly people were going into that blinding snow not seeing a patrol car at all and last minute hit their brakes," said Sgt. Burd.

 The trooper inside the car was not injured. The BG OSHP is already dealing with 60 more accidents than they did this time last year.

Troopers are warning drivers traveling rural roads to slow down. If you are driving through blowing snow, they suggest you use your hazard lights to make yourself more visible to other drivers.

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