Black ice warning: Dozens of cars crash on Northeast Ohio interstates

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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) – Black ice began affecting the Thursday morning commute before 5 a.m.

Cleveland Division of Police officers were dispatched early Thursday morning to respond to several vehicles that had crashed on black ice on I-90.

It happened just before 5 a.m. near W. 117th.

FOX 8’s Patty Harken described the road as a “sheet of ice” both eastbound and westbound.

Our FOX 8 photojournalist drove through the scene with a dash camera rolling.

The camera showed fire trucks, EMS, and police helping multiple drivers on the side of the road.

Patty reports Ohio Department of Transportation crews responded to I-90 to salt, especially on the bridges.

As many as 10 cars were involved in a crash on E. 152nd st., south of I-90 due to black ice.

E. 152nd was shut down around 6 a.m.

90 eastbound at Columbia Rd. was being shutdown due to black ice after 6:30 a.m.

The problems were being seen on other interstates as well.

Brook Park police shut down the I-71 North, I-480 split due to black ice after 5 a.m. It has since reopened.

Lakewood police closed I-90 at McKinley for the same reason.

Rocky River police told FOX 8 they planned to shut down the Lakewood/Rocky River bridge just before 6 a.m.

It was officially closed around 6:30 a.m.

The backup stretched for miles.

Black ice is a thin glaze of ice on a surface, that is typically so thin, you see the road through it.

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