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Snow emergencies lifted

Snow emergencies have been lifted in Logan and Champaign counties following Friday's snow storm.

Logan County Sheriff Andy Smith lifted a Level 1 Snow Emergency Saturday at noon.

Initially, a Level 1 was declared Friday morning at five o'clock.

In Champaign County, a Level 2 Snow Emergency was lifted by Sheriff Matt Melvin Saturday morning at 8:45.

Sheriff Melvin upgraded from a Level 1 to a Level 2 Friday at four p.m., three hours after issuing a Level 1.

There were more than 60 accidents in Logan County Friday.

(Pictured: A wrecker tows a jackknifed semi on State Route 117 near County Road 96 Friday morning.)

Two Bellefontaine police cruisers were hit in unrelated crashes Friday morning.

Officer Roger Hager was handling a semi accident on East Auburn near Main Street when a northbound rig backed into his cruiser.

The other accident happened two blocks away later in the morning when a northbound vehicle struck a cruiser near the intersection of South Detroit Street and West Auburn Avenue.

The accidents caused minor damage to the cruisers.

No one was injured. The sheriff's office is investigating both crashes.

The Marysville Post of the State Highway Patrol responded to a pair of injury accidents on County Road 5 near Township Road 191 (north of West Liberty) Friday morning around 11:30.

The accidents closed County Road 5 for about six hours.

Troopers are still investigating.

The sheriff's office reports that a Logan County Highway Department truck got stuck on County Road 1 south of County Road 29 (near Bellefontaine) Saturday morning around eight o'clock.

Deputies also responded to a mail truck that became stuck on County Road 158 near Middleburg Saturday morning around 8:30.

No one was injured in either accident.

Drive carefully; roads could remain slippery with overnight lows in the 20s.

Here's what each snow emergency means:

Level 1: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads are also icy. Caution should be used when driving.

Level 2: Roadways are extremely hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Only those persons who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roadways. Your employer should be contacted to see if you should report to work.

Level 3: All roadways are closed to non-emergency traffic. No one should be out during these conditions unless it is absolutely necessary to travel. All persons should contact their employer to see if they should report to work. Those traveling on the roadways may subject themselves to arrest.

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