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Winter storm caused several accidents across the Valley

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(WKBN) – A winter storm caused several accidents Thursday across the Mahoning and Shenango valleys.

Drivers found a lot more to deal with than they might have thought before leaving home.

The Madison Avenue Expressway in Youngstown was closed for hours because of several crashes due to icy conditions.

Three cars crashed along the Himrod Avenue Expressway in Youngstown. Then just across the median, a black car and an SUV behind it were in another crash. Both mishaps happened right before 9 a.m.

Just after 8 a.m., a WRTA bus collided with at least two other vehicles on McGuffey Road between Wick Avenue and Albert Street.

At about 8:20 a.m., a van flipped over multiple times on Route 11 southbound in Canfield near Exit 34.

WATCH video: A car ended up on its roof on Western Reserve Road in Beaver Township near the overpass with Route 11. The driver wasn’t severely injured but was checked out by medical crews.

WATCH video: At 7:45 a.m., icy conditions caused a six-car crash at the corner of Shehy and Oak streets on Youngstown’s east side. One person was trapped inside of a car. Several people were hurt but no one had life-threatening injuries.

At about 7:12 a.m., a pickup truck lost control and flipped over on I-76 westbound near Bailey Road. The driver didn’t want treatment, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

WATCH video: In Butler Township, three vehicles collided on Route 9, just outside of Salem. A portion of the road — also known as New Garden Road — near the Saxon Club had to be shut down. One of the cars landed on its roof in a field. Injuries were reported in that accident. The road has since reopened.

Earlier in the morning, reports of accidents began coming in from Columbiana County and started moving north into Mahoning County.

Rollover accidents were reported in Lisbon on Route 7 and U.S. Route 30.

WATCH video: A car hit a guardrail in the southbound lanes of Route 11 near route 344. The driver said he hit a patch of ice, lost control and hit a guardrail. No one was injured.

An accident was reported on the Route 422 bypass in New Castle.

A caller into our newsroom also reported accidents on the Route 616 bridge in Struthers.

Mercer County also had trouble. Jack Janosko with Jack’s Auto Body in Sharon said they got a lot of ice and slush on the roads. He was moving cars inside to make more room. He had had at least ten calls for service.

 “We got a little overwhelmed with the wrecks pulling in here this morning,” Janosko said. “One of those deals, you know, you don’t want to go to the doctor, but every once in a while you gotta go to the doctor. So here we are.”

Meanwhile, just a few miles away in Hubbard, Dale Sarvey was driving a truck for Pantalone Towing. He said he didn’t see any accidents.

“Just cars broken down and bad batteries,” Sarvey said.

The roads weren’t drying out.  They were staying wet everywhere which could possibly lead to more problems.

“As soon as the weather gets colder, we are going to have a nightmare tonight I believe,” Janosko said.

The temperature has been hovering right around that freezing mark and as wet as the roads are it could be slick driving for a while.

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