Koehler’s Hyundai Elantra did not fare as well. She was driving the car south on Ohio 101 when at about 4 p.m. it spun out of control on a curve just outside the Sandusky city limits, Erie County Chief Deputy Jared Oliver said.
The vehicle slid into a field, then flipped onto the driver’s side, trapping Koehler inside. About a dozen law enforcement officials with Sandusky police, the Erie County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Border Patrol held the Elantra steady as Sandusky firefighters used pneumatic tools to sever its roof.
Koehler was pulled from the car and treated for her injuries. A freshly-purchased gallon of milk was still sitting in the passenger seat when officials prepared to have the car towed.
Oliver said Koehler was not cited for failure to control because of the slick road conditions.
Ohio State Highway Patrol dispatchers said troopers responded to several incidents Friday where vehicles spun out of control and ended up stuck on roadsides. One vehicle was heavily damaged at about 5 p.m. when it slid off Mason Road near Maple Road and struck a utility box. No one was injured.
The bulk of Friday’s crashes were in the Sandusky County and Fremont area, where troopers and deputies responded to a handful of non-injury crashes and at least three injury crashes. Highway Patrol dispatchers at the Fremont post said troopers were responding to multiple crashes, none involving serious injuries, as well as reports of vehicles stuck in the snow.
A dispatcher at the Huron County Sheriff’s Office told a reporter Friday night she is not authorized to inform the public about any vehicle crashes.
Late Friday, the National Weather Service was forecasting wind chills as low as minus 15 degrees, with snow accumulations of up to 5 inches through this afternoon. Temperatures are expected to remain in the single digits.