By IVY JACKSON
Times Staff Reporter
Although traffic flowed pretty smoothly throughout Monday as the first snow fell, the onset of night changed everything.
Shortly after 7 p.m., 911 dispatchers at the Clay County Justice Center started receiving reports of numerous accidents involving property damage and personal injury reports.
Within 90 minutes the various accidents reported included:
* A three-vehicle accident in the westbound lane of Interstate-70, 19-mile marker,
* An inverted vehicle on County Road 300 East and United States 40,
* A single vehicle accident on State Road 59 north of the intersection of SR 42,
* Two people were fatally injured when a vehicle hit a tree in an area near CR 1200 N and Perth Road. Further details were unavailable as of press time because officials were still investigating the scene,
* A vehicle hit the guardrail at the Eel River bridge on SR 59,
* Two vehicles were involved in an accident on CR 300 W and US 40,
* Traffic was briefly shut down and re-routed through Brazil when a vehicle rolled over near the 34-mile marker of I-70,
* A pregnant woman had to be extricated from a vehicle that rolled over on its side on SR 340, a half-mile west of the US 40 and SR 340 split, while another vehicle slid into a ditch near Clark Lawn and Garden Sales and Service,
* A vehicle slid into a ditch along SR 59 near Ashboro, another slide off was reported on CR 1100 N near North Murphy Ave., and another near Yankee Rose Landscaping and Nurseries, and
* Several slide offs were reported on SR 46 near the bridge in Bowling Green.
Shortly after 8 p.m., Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton contacted The Brazil Times to urge motorists to stay home if possible.
"It's an extremely dangerous situation on the roads right now," Heaton said. "If motorists don't have a reason to travel, they should stay home."