CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Accidents on Route 2 caused several lanes to be close in Lake County on Wednesday.
Cleveland 19 asked ODOT if any preps had taken place on State Route 2 before it all happened.
A spokesperson said even though it’s a state route, ODOT is not responsible for maintaining it.
Lake County is.
The engineering office there says it wasn’t expecting the icy weather, so crews didn’t treat State Route 2.
When dispatch called about how slick it was around 5 a.m., the county says it sent out 2 salt trucks.
Once the trucks were on the road though, the county says they got stuck in the traffic caused by accidents.
Nick Vitalone says his towing business picked up 15 crashed cars in the area this morning.
“I think the damage was already done by the time anyone was responding,” Vitalone said. “I think everyone was doing what they were supposed to though, and this just kind of blind sided the whole county.”
Vitalone’s was the company on call to come get any cars police asked to be towed Wednesday morning, but because it was so busy, other companies got called in to help too.
Meteorologist Jeff Tanchak said this is another example of how a light snow can create poor driving conditions.
Cleveland 19 Traffic Reporter Jamie Sullivan said very icy conditions and a crash caused Route 2 westbound to be closed between Route 306 and Lost Nation Road earlier in the morning, it has reopened.
Video above is Jamie Sullivan’s report from 6:45 a.m. on Dec. 5.
It was advised earlier Wednesday morning for drivers to use Interstate 90 as an alternative.
Mentor Police said salt trucks were deployed in the area.
Cleveland 19 Photographer Dan Stamness said there were also several accidents on the eastbound side as well.
An accident in Wickliffe on Route 2 had caused a lane closure at Lloyd Road this morning as well.