PARKERSBURG - Road conditions Sunday evening and into Monday led to multiple accidents throughout Wood and Washington counties, officials said.
The 911 Center in Wood County reported more than 30 calls about wrecks throughout the Sunday evening hours and into Monday. The majority of these calls required no emergency action, but were requests to check on the welfare of vehicles and their owners stuck in ditches or embankments throughout the county, officials said.
Pifer's Service Center in Wood County and Gary's Towing and Auto Repairs in Washington County each reported more than 40 calls for assistance with snowy road conditions by 4 p.m. Monday.
Vehicles and a pedestrian or two negotiate Washington Boulevard in Belpre Monday morning. (Photo by Evan Bevins)
"It has been an extremely busy day," said Beth Pifer, one of the owners of Pifer's Service Center.
From 6 p.m. Sunday through 6 p.m. Monday, the Parkersburg Police Department was dispatched to seven accidents with damage or injuries, said Police Chief Joe Martin.
"The timing of the snowfall was crucial for the low volume of calls," Martin said.
By 8 a.m. Monday, all main roads in Parkersburg were classified as passable, Martin said.
By 10 a.m. Monday, most of the common areas of the city were clear of snow, and the salt trucks declared themselves ahead of the snowfall, Martin said.
"The city crews spoil us in Parkersburg," Martin said. "They were quick to react and made a difference on Monday morning," he said.
The following school systems had canceled classes for today as of 10:30 p.m. Monday: Pleasants, Tyler, Ritchie, Wirt, Doddridge and Calhoun counties, as well as Marietta City Schools. Roane and Jackson counties had called for two-hour delays as of 10:30 p.m. Monday.