LAKE COUNTY, OH -- A busy stretch of highway in Lake County proved to be dangerous after several multiple-vehicle accidents there this week.
Sgt. Troy Sexton with the State Highway Patrol said traffic was stopped while the first crash involving a semi and pickup truck was being cleared.
Shortly afterwards, there was another pile-up involving five vehicles.
“There were two personal vehicles and three commercial vehicles -- one boxed truck and two semi-trucks. There are serious injuries, nothing life threatening," Sgt. Sexton said.
Friday's accidents happened on the same stretch of I-90 as the 25-car pile-up Christmas Eve.
Many of the wrecked vehicles in the I-90 crashes this week have ended up at King's Towing in Painesville. Manager Terry King said from the wreckage, he believes drivers need to be more cautious and alert.
"You have to take into effect weather conditions; how slippery the road is, how close you're following somebody. There's not time to answer your cell phone, send a text message, anything of that nature. If you do, the minute you look up, it's going to be too late," King added.
While drivers would like to blame the weather for the Christmas Eve pile-up,
Sgt. Sexton said that was not the case with the accidents Friday night.
“I would have to say that people were traveling too close or at unsafe speeds."
Sgt. Sexton said a good rule for motorists is to have one car length for every 10 miles per hour they’re traveling. So, if going 60 miles per hour, drivers should be six car lengths away from the vehicle ahead.
Sgt. Sexton said looking at the wreckage from this week’s accidents on I-90 prove there are lessons to be learned.
His advice: "For God sakes, slow down. It can happen so quickly. Keep a safe distance. Stay at the speed limit and just be careful."