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And we didn't even get the bad stuff:

Almost fifty weather-related incidents, most of them involving vehicles, were reported to the Noble County Sheriff's Department as a result of Friday night's snowstorm.

Only a few inches of snow fell in the Albion area, which was touched by the edge of a storm that dumped record amounts of snow on some areas of the East Coast. However, a north wind gusting up to 40 mph produced deep drifts across many local roadways. The wind left other areas of pavement bare, giving drivers a false sense of security until they suddenly encountered snowy areas.

Between 5:20 p.m. Friday and noon Saturday the Noble County Sheriff's Department received reports of five accidents involving injuries; twenty-three property damage accidents; and eighteen reports of slide-offs and vehicles hung up in snowdrifts without being damaged, as well as a few medical calls when people slipped and fell.

US 6 near the Elkhart County line was reportedly closed for a time overnight, as several vehicles became stuck in deep snow and couldn't be moved. A semi and two four-wheelers became stuck in drifts on US 33, near CR 500W, and the truck had to be pulled out by a heavy-duty wrecker. SR 8 had to be shut down for a time near CR 500E after a car went out of control and crashed there.

At about 5:45 p.m. Friday US 6 became the scene of a traffic snarl near CR 500E, when a total of four accidents happened within minutes of each other, including one rollover. A semi was involved in that incident, along with an SUV and two cars, but no one was hurt.

An injury was reported when a 1995 Toyota hit a concrete wall along US 6, near CR 700 N at Wawaka. Kimberly V. Roth, 20, reportedly suffered minor bleeding when her Corolla crashed hard enough to deploy the airbags, but police say she refused medical treatment at the scene. It took over an hour to get the wreckage moved from the scene and traffic flowing normally again.

A sixteen year old driver reportedly suffered facial lacerations whent he Jeep Wrangler he was driving slid into a concrete boundary pole near county roads 50W and 200S, and three other injuries were reported in other parts of the county. Along the Noble-LaGrange County line near Topeka a vehicle rolled over, but in that case the driver wasn't hurt.

State snow plows were out most of the night, while county and municipal snow removal crews came out before dawn on Saturday and spent most of the day clearing roadways.

Meanwhile, firefighters from several area departments fought the snow and wind as well as flames as they battled a house fire at 8949 N 550 E; no injuries were reported in the fire, which took over three hours to bring under control. The cause of the fire is under investigation; units of the Kendallville, Orange Township, Albion, Avilla, Corunna, and Johnson Township Fire Departments, Noble County EMS, and Noble County Sheriff's Department responded. The American Red Cross, Noble REMC, and Noble County Highway Department also assisted.



( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 7th, 2010 12:51 pm (UTC)
Nods. It's amazing how quickly people forget how to drive in bad conditions.
Feb. 8th, 2010 05:29 am (UTC)
We might get another lesson in a few days -- sounds like Monday-Tuesday is northern Indiana's time to get those big storms that have been missing us so far.
Feb. 7th, 2010 03:08 pm (UTC)
No fatalities or even major injuries - that's amazing. (And it's true - I'm always amazed how people forget to drive in bad weather from one winter to the next - or even one bad storm to the next.)
Feb. 8th, 2010 05:32 am (UTC)
Funny you should mention that -- sounds like our Bad Storm is coming in just a few days, and I wouldn't be surprised to see the same people getting pulled out of the ditch ...
Feb. 7th, 2010 03:38 pm (UTC)
it's amazing how fast they forget how to drive. And it'sjust not snow. I lived in FL for 3 years. It rains every day in the summer. Every day people do not know how to drive in the rain. I saw more cars flipped on their roofs in FL than I did either time i lived in WI
Feb. 8th, 2010 05:28 am (UTC)
I guess people are the same all over, but I just don't understand how they can forget so quickly ...
Feb. 8th, 2010 03:36 pm (UTC)
i have no clue. heck I even backed into my parking spot before the storm so it would be easier to get out once the conditions got bad. I was the only one who did
Feb. 9th, 2010 06:18 am (UTC)
I'm a volunteer firefighter -- I *always* back in!
Feb. 9th, 2010 03:57 pm (UTC)
good point
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