YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – State Route 711 southbound near Vallourec shut down just before 5 p.m. Sunday due to a 40-car pile up, but reopened around 9:30 p.m.
It was the biggest of numerous car accidents all over the Valley caused by the snow and cold.
The Youngstown Police Department said Interstate 680, Madison Avenue and Himrod Avenue all shut down due to multi-car crashes around 5:30 p.m. They reopened after 9:30 p.m.
Prior to the major 711 accident, the Ohio Department of Transportation last treated the roads three hours before.
“Roads were still a little bit wet,” said Justin Chesnic, the public information officer for ODOT. “And basically what happened was — with the wind and the cold temperatures — after the sun went down, bridges and ramps and things like that refroze a little bit.”
Also in Youngstown, the Shirley Road bridge over I-680 was closed for a few hours in both directions. Multiple witnesses confirmed a pile-up of cars on or near the bridge.
The Youngstown Fire Department said there was an entrapment from an accident on the Madison Avenue Expressway and both on-ramps for I-680 were closed before reopening around 9:30 p.m. In the same area, the on-ramp to Route 62 was closed due to accidents.
The Austintown Township Dispatch confirmed the Mahoning Avenue Bridge over Meander Reservoir was closed due to multiple accidents for a few hours.
Bazetta Township Police confirmed numerous accidents all over the Cortland area, calling the roads “extremely unsafe.” A vehicle slid into a police cruiser, although there were no injuries.
The area of I-80 East toward Cleveland and 11 South toward Canfield reopened around 6:45 p.m. It was initially shutdown after a rollover accident in the late afternoon.
ODOT sent 20 crews out Sunday night to treat the Valley’s roads and highways.
“They’re just kind of treating those ramps and bridges,” Chesnic said. “Trouble areas like that typically freeze first and they’ll continue to do that throughout the night while that sun stays down and into the morning as well.”
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