CINCINNATI -- Two teenagers are expected to be OK after a snowplow collided with their car on Daytona Avenue in Westwood.
The accident occurred just before 5 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of Boudinot and Daytona avenues when a 2012 Toyota Camry was struck by city of Cincinnati snowplow, according to Cincinnati police. One of the two passengers inside the car was trapped inside and had to be extricated.
Dan Lautz pulled up to the intersection in his car as emergency crews arrived at the scene.
"The car was pretty torn up, (the passenger trapped in the car) was lodged in there pretty good," Lautz recalled. "I didn't see what kind of shape she was in. But it sure wasn't good judging by the looks of the car.
An official at the scene said both teens suffered "serious to life-threatening injuries" and were transported to Cincinnati Children's Hospital. By 7:15 p.m., though, they had been upgraded to "stable condition" and were expected to be OK, according to a Cincinnati police official.
The driver of the car was identified as a 16-year-old male. His passenger was ID'd as a 15-year-old female. Their names were not released but the driver's father said the two are dating.
Police say Sheila Davis, 50, was operating the truck at the time of the accident. The Cincinnati Public Works department employee wasn't hurt in the crash, police say.
Everyone involved was wearing a seat belt.
The preliminary investigation indicates the snowplow was traveling westbound on Daytona and briefly stopped at a stop sign before proceeding through the intersection. The car was headed northbound on Boudinot when the truck ran into it, police said.
Police say they believe Davis is responsible for the accident because she didn't have the right of way at the stop sign. However the accident remains under investigation.
The intersection of Boudinot and Daytona was shut down for about four hours while the wreckage was cleared and the victims were transported.
While no one was seriously hurt in the crash, Sgt. Stephen Hoerst said drivers need to be careful when snowplows and other service vehicles are on the road, regardless of who's at fault.
"Be aware that the snowplow could be going any which way, whatever they need to do, just as any other public vehicle, or emergency equipment," he said, making sure not to point blame at the teenagers involved in Saturday's accident. "(When they're on the road) obviously the road conditions aren't ideal and they can cause quite a bit of damage."
With more winter weather expected to hit Sunday, city crews will be working 12-hour shifts to make sure every roadway is clear, Mayor John Cranley said Saturday.
"Unfortunately, we know that there's another wave of snow and freezing rain coming tomorrow, so we ask for your patience as we move through this event," he said at a midday press conference.
Cranley and police officials advise motorists to be alert and safe.