MAYFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio—Icy conditions on Wednesday morning are being blamed for a series of accidents on I-271, including a crash involving a Mayfield Heights police cruiser.
“The express lanes are always icy. It’s just icy up there, light snow, and the wind blowing over the bridges. It freezes up really quick, and you just have to be careful out there,” said tow truck driver Adam Lewis.
The on-board camera in the police cruiser shows Corporal Dan Snyder pulling up to the scene of an accident involving a pick-up truck that slammed into a barrier on the highway.
The video shows Corporal Snyder removing flares from his trunk, and then walking away from the cruiser to place them on the highway to warn other drivers about the accident scene.
A short time later, a vehicle narrowly misses Snyder and slams into the back of his cruiser. Snyder was not injured, but was understandably shaken up by what happened.
“It was a very close call ,and he realizes it. He was very nervous … it was very close,” said Lewis.
A short time later, the driver of a Chevy Avalanche lost control on the same icy stretch of 271, hit a guardrail and a retaining wall, which launched the vehicle off a highway overpass onto Mayfield Road below.
The driver was pulled from the wreckage with injuries that are not considered life-threatening.
Mayfield Heights Police Sgt. Robert Bandelow told Fox 8, “We’re very fortunate that both people are actually able to walk away from these two crashes that were extremely serious and could have resulted in serious, serious injuries.”
Even though investigators concede the conditions were treacherous, they say the drivers involved in the crashes will likely be cited.