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Salt Trucks Hit Columbus Roads as Snow Falls Monday Morning

COLUMBUS (Ken Hines) -- Autumn is going out with a bang in central Ohio, where snow storms have become the norm in the weeks leading up to winter.

Columbus officials have already designated seven weather events as winter storms this season, although winter does not officially begin until December 21. Columbus residents experienced 13 such storms last year.

The latest round of snow and ice led to long commute times and several crashes on central Ohio roads on Monday morning.

"They haven't plowed the roads for a while because I live, like, down the street, and I was driving," motorist Leonard Huntley said early Monday morning. "I just slipped, and as you can see, the roads are super icy right now."

One of the drivers who failed to maintain control on the icy roads Monday morning struck a school bus containing eight students on N. Cassady and E. 6th Avenues in East Columbus. No injuries related to that crash have been reported.

Columbus road workers have already spread nearly 8,000 tons of salt on the city's roads this season, which leaves a remaining stockpile of 18,000 tons to provide relief for drivers during winter. City officials say more salt can be purchased if needed.
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