Saturday, October 26, 2002

Rain, rush-hour traffic result in rash of wrecks


20 fender-bender reports in 90 min.

By Dan Klepal
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Wet weather combined with heavy rush-hour traffic Friday evening to produce a rash of fender-benders around the Tristate, totaling 20 in a little more than 90 minutes.

[photo] Lockland and Woodlawn police officers and firefighters work at the scene of an accident Friday on southbound I-75 near Lockland.
(Glenn Hartong photo)
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There were no serious injuries, but southbound lanes of Interstate 75, south of Hopple, were closed because of two wrecks within two miles of each other. Three of the four southbound lanes were closed from about 5 p.m. until 6:45 p.m., according to police dispatchers.

A police spokeswoman said most of the accidents could be blamed on the rain, which dumped 1 inches on the area Friday.

That rain should be gone by this morning.

Jim Lott, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wilmington, said the weekend will be a bit cooler than normal for October, with lows dropping to about 40 degrees today and Sunday. Highs will be in the upper 50s, he said.

"The temperatures will be a little lower than normal, but we should stay dry through Tuesday, with the next chance of rain early Wednesday," he said.

E-mail dklepal@enquirer.com




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