As snow falls, weather-related accidents continue

For several days now, snow has been falling in the local area and still causing problems. At least two accidents were related to the weather on Saturday.

In Portland in the afternoon, a snowplow was involved in an accident involving another vehicle.

According to the New York State Police, a Chautauqua County snowplow driven by Trevor Crawford, 21, of Silver Creek was traveling west on Route 5 and slowed to make a left turn on to Berry Road. A vehicle traveling behind the snowplow operated by John Smith, 57, of Brocton attempted to pass the snowplow and collided with the plow causing damage to the passenger side. A passenger in the vehicle, Nancy Root, 51, of Gerry had to be removed from the vehicle by Brocton and Portland Fire departments.

She was taken to Westfield Memorial Hospital for complaint of back pain. No charges were filed and Alstar Ambulance also responded to the scene.

On Vineyard Drive in the town of Dunkirk, a tractor trailer ended up in a ditch around 6:30 p.m. New York State Police responded to the report of the truck in the ditch. It appears the truck was attempting to turn onto Vineyard Drive from a local business and landed in the ditch. The police did not have further information Saturday evening.

According to National Weather Service meteorologist Dan Kelly, the snow that came on Saturday was broad brush snow. Compared to lake effect snow which ended Saturday morning, broad brush snow is widespread where all communities will get snow compared to lake effect which is more isolated. The snow came from a storm system in Ohio.

“We have a big storm system that’s sitting over Ohio right now. That’s going to go up the east coast but we’re on the north side and we’ll get snow from (that system),” Kelly said.

The snow will continue today with another round of lake effect snow to start. The snow will stop later in the week, Kelly said.

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