Every winter, Ohio residents brace for the frigid temperatures and long for the warmth of spring. With the colder temperatures, comes inclement weather which can result in dangerous driving conditions and multiple car and truck accidents. A recent serious accident near Cincinnati involved 86 cars and trucks and resulted in one 12-year-old girl's death.
The multiple vehicle pile-up resulted from slippery road conditions caused by blowing snow and below normal temperatures. Police reported that 86 vehicles in total were involved in the giant collision. An estimated 20 individuals involved in the crash required medical attention for their injuries and were transported to local hospitals.
Sadly, a 12-year-old girl was killed at the accident scene after leaving the vehicle in which she had been traveling. While standing on the I-275 grassy median, the girl was killed when another vehicle crashed into a cable barrier near her. The cable snapped and hit the girl who died of her serious injuries.
Serious accidents such as this that involve multiple vehicles are dangerous and potentially life-threatening. As this tragic incident proves, even individuals who escape injury in an actual crash are at risk of injury or death if oncoming vehicles strike them or objects near them. Individuals involved in similar crashes who choose to exit their vehicles to escape injury from oncoming traffic would be wise to move far away from the accident scene.
When winter weather conditions are dangerous, Ohio drivers are advised to avoid driving when possible. If a driver must get behind the wheel, it's advisable to have an emergency first aid kit as well as a cellphone to call for help in an emergency situation.
Source: The Trucker, "One dead, 20 hurt in pile-up on I-275 in Ohio," Associated Press, Jan. 22, 2013