ODOT plow in Darke County among 9 hit

An ODOT plow truck cleans off the the left lane on Southbound Ohio Route 4 in Clark County Sunday. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

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An ODOT plow truck cleans off the the left lane on Southbound Ohio Route 4 in Clark County Sunday. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

The plows have been struck over the last two weeks, most in central Ohio, state agency says

Nine Ohio Department of Transportation plows have been struck over the last two weeks.

One of those crashes happened President’s Day in Darke County, Matt Bruning, ODOT press secretary, posted on social media. Most of the plows hit over the last couple weeks have been in central Ohio.

“Please stay home during dangerous driving conditions. When you see our crews slow down, move over and give them room to work,” according to an ODOT Dayton Tweet.

More than 1,200 ODOT crews were out across the state plowing and treating roads as a significant storm hit that is expected to bring 5 to 8 inches of snow.

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As temperatures drop into single digits, ODOT crews will increase the concentration of calcium chloride, or agricultural deicer that is more effective in extreme temperatures. Any material put down on the roads for previous storms also will assist with the incoming weather, ODOT said.

There is a reason why it’s important to not get too close to an ODOT plow, the agency said.

“The plow driver’s field of vision is limited,” ODOT shared on Twitter. “As a general rule: If you can’t see the plow truck’s side mirrors, the truck driver can’t see you. Always stay two to three car lengths behind the plow.”

A Winter Storm Warning and Winter Storm Watch are in effect through 1 p.m. Tuesday, issued by the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

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