Troopers urge safety behind the wheel after multiple crashes in snowy, icy weather

WOOD COUNTY, Ohio (WTVG) - On the first significant snowfall of the season devastation hit the roads.

"There was nothing you could do. There's nothing she could do," said passerby Vernon Hague.

Hague says he was driving north along I-75 near Perrysburg Thursday morning when he came upon a two-car crash. As Hague stopped to help he says one of the drivers got out.

"I said, 'Oh no she's going to get hit,' because she was trying to push her truck to the curb a little bit," said Hague.

Shortly after that Hague says another car wrecked and hit and killed the woman. Troopers identified her as Tiffany Anderson, 31, of Perrysburg.

"She got caught between her truck and his car," said Hague.

Shortly after that crash troopers at the Bowling Green post were on the scene of another accident near Cygnet when a car slammed into a stopped cruiser.

"People were failing to move over," said Lt. Angel Burgos. "An individual lost control and struck the back of that police cruiser."

Lt. Burgos says both the trooper and driver who slammed into the cruiser are fine, but says drivers need to be alert and move over for stopped or disabled vehicles.

"When you see lights, especially on days like this, take the time to move over," said Burgos. "It's just common courtesy."

Between 2012 and 2016 alone, troopers issued nearly 2,000 citations to Northwest Ohio drivers for failing to move over for stopped cruisers. In that same time Lucas County lead Ohio with the highest number of offenses with 630 citations.

"With all the technology that continues to come out people tend to focus less more on what they have to be doing which is driving," said Burgos.

With more snow on the way troopers want drivers to slow down and focus so everyone can make it home.

"Sometimes just a 'sorry' or an apology doesn't work because you're affecting and changing lives," said Burgos.

If you're in a crash and don't feel comfortable staying in your car troopers say the best thing to do is to get as far off the road as possible. Troopers say the most dangerous thing you can do is wait for help on the side of the road.