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Snowstorm causes spinouts in Twinsburg, Reminderville, but no major injuries

by Andrew Schunk | Editor Published: January 3, 2013 12:00 AM
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The first heavy snow storm to hit Northeast Ohio this year dropped more than half a foot of the white stuff on Twinsburg and the village of Reminderville Dec. 26, but did not cause any major problems in those areas, according to the police departments there.

Another light dusting fell on the area Dec. 30 and 31, according to AccuWeather, to the tune of about 2 inches, though no major accidents were reported from over the weekend, either.

Reminderville Police Department administrative assistant Mark Wilson said roads in the 2-square-mile village the day after Christmas, though poor, were quickly cleared by the village service department.

"Our guys are great," Wilson said. "The roads are fine right now."

The Twinsburg police nor fire departments did not report any major storm-related accidents or injuries, though multiple cars on Interstate 480 and the city's side roads spun out, according to the Twinsburg Police Department.

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Lt. Bob Gonsiewski said 15 motorists required assistance across the 12.5-square-mile city, some on side roads, some on Interstate 480. Three of the 15 incidents required accident reports, Gonsiewski said.

The accident calls started coming in around 11 a.m. Dec. 26 and stopped around 7 a.m. Dec. 27.

"Everybody either stopped driving entirely or slowed down," said Twinsburg Fire Capt. Don Simon.

Simon added that the Dec. 21 snowfall -- the first of the year and a lighter dusting than the Dec. 26 storm -- was more chaotic for drivers, as the Twinsburg Fire Department responded to many more calls on that day. Gonsiewski confirmed that 60 motorists required assistance Dec. 21.

According to AccuWeather's Tom Kines, about six inches of snow fell in the Twinsburg and Macedonia areas Dec. 26 and 27.

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Gary Fontaine, a foreman with the Twinsburg Service Department, said the roads in the city were cleared early Dec. 27, and that salt trucks were on the road until about 3 p.m. Dec. 27.

"The cul-de-sacs are where we have the most congestion of snow ... they're the hardest areas to get cleaned up," Fontaine. "We take our smaller trucks in there and try to take care of that for the residents."

Fontaine added that trash collection was delayed Dec. 26, and that the collection companies caught back up Dec. 27.

Editor's Note: Reporter Conner Howard contributed to this story.

Email: aschunk@recordpub.com

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