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Snow snarls morning commute; police cruisers struck

A Sheriff's cruiser was involved in a crash Tuesday morning. (PHOTO: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office) A Sheriff's cruiser was involved in a crash Tuesday morning. (PHOTO: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)
No one was hurt, but "improper speed" for the weather conditions contributed to the crash, police said. (PHOTO: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office) No one was hurt, but "improper speed" for the weather conditions contributed to the crash, police said. (PHOTO: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)
An Ohio State Patrol cruiser was also struck Tuesday morning (PHOTO: Ohio State Patrol) An Ohio State Patrol cruiser was also struck Tuesday morning (PHOTO: Ohio State Patrol)
DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) -

The first measurable snowfall of 2015 brought Tuesday's morning commute to a standstill in parts of the Tri-State.

Slick roads combined with unsafe speeds or driver error caused dozens of crashes, closed three highways and injured several people, including an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper.

Trooper Jason McElfresh was driving a 2012 Dodge Charger police cruiser in non-emergency mode on westbound U.S. 50 near Ohio 450 in Clermont County's Miami Township when an eastbound 2000 White Ford Focus struck it head-on about 6:43 a.m., patrol officials said.

The driver of the Focus, Erika Singleton, 25, of Milford, failed to negotiate a right curve, slid to the left and hit the cruiser.

Singleton and her two children, 6 and 22 months, and the trooper were taken to Bethesda North Hospital. None had serious injuries, and all are expected to be treated and released, according to the patrol.

The adults wore seatbelts, and the toddler was in a child safety seat. The 6-year-old was not in a required booster seat, but was wearing a seatbelt.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation. Alcohol is not a factor.

Earlier in the morning, all lanes of northbound Interstate 71 were shut down at the Fields Ertel Road overpass in Deerfield Township for more than three hours after two separate crashes. One of the wrecks damaged a Hamilton County Sheriff's Office sport utility vehicle cruiser.

The cruiser was parked in the left lane of the highway with lights flashing to warn approaching northbound traffic that a vehicle disabled by a crash was blocking the lane ahead, sheriff's officials said.

Deputy Nicholas Price, 27, was assisting the motorist, Brian Gregory, 37, of Williamsburg.

The driver of the 2004 Freightliner tractor pulling two trailers, William Gavey, 59, of Cincinnati, lost control of his vehicle, causing it to jackknife, said Mike Robison, sheriff's spokesman.

The semi struck a concrete barrier along the right side of the highway and then hit the rear and right side of the cruiser.

No one was hurt, but "improper speed" for the weather conditions contributed to the crash, Robinson said. An investigation remains ongoing.

Over in Butler County, northbound I-75 was shut down at the Allen Road overpass for about 20 minutes due to another accident involving a semi tractor-trailer.

Also in West Chester, a jackknifed semi tractor-trailer closed the ramp off northbound I-75 onto Cincinnati-Dayton Road.

Eastbound I-74 was shut down for about an hour in western Hamilton County near the Indiana border after black ice formed, causing crashes with injuries reported.

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