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Snowfall Causes Problems For Central Ohio Drivers

COLUMBUS (James Jackson) -- Tonight, snowy roads are causing problems for Central Ohio drivers. Snow plows are out in full force, making sure people who choose to drive have a safe commute.

Snow on I-70 East made a driver lose control and spin off the freeway, around 8 Saturday afternoon. Alexandria Bellterra was a passenger in the car. "I asked him a question and all of the sudden, we were hitting stuff. He spun," Bellterra said.

They were on their way to Columbus from Dayton. Bellterra was only thinking one thing when the car started sliding. "Don't flip because I don't think I could handle that. I was grabbing onto my McDonald's for my life because I love my McDonald's," Bellterra said.

In this case, the car didn't flip and no one was hurt. State Trooper Jason Hofmann came to the scene of the accident. "They were going a little bit too fast. All it takes is a little bit of extra speed," Hofmann said.

That's why Brittany Dunn says she'll only drive a couple minutes from home and no further. "Crappy. It's messy and you slide everywhere," Dunn said.

To clean up that mess, ODOT snow plows hit the roads hard, paying special attention to ramps, bridges, and overpasses, because they freeze first. ODOT officials say if you're going to hit the roads tonight, help them out. Slow down, avoid distractions and give their plows room to work.
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