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Trooper: Belmont County crash could have been avoided

In Belmont County, troopers and EMS responded to a two vehicle crash on I-70 westbound near Blaine Hill.

It’s a busy day for first responders everywhere.

In Belmont County, troopers and EMS responded to a two vehicle crash on I-70 westbound near Blaine Hill.

Lt. James Faunda with the Ohio State Highway Patrol says only minor injuries were reported and that this crash could have been avoided.

“There was a vehicle traveling westbound in the left lane - where we tell people not to be in days like this when there is snow and ice on the roadway -and that vehicle attempted to pass a tractor trailer and lost control, struck the concrete barrier wall, and then once the vehicle struck the wall, it sideswiped the tractor trailer as they were traveling westbound.”

Faunda says slow down, many of the roads remained ice-covered into the afternoon, and ice started falling.

The crash has since been cleared.

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