A sudden outbreak of black ice on Interstate-190 in Niagara Falls this morning was blamed for at least seven accidents – including a crash that led to a car catching on fire and three rollovers, according to Trooper Aaron Wentland.
Amazingly, no one was hurt.
But troopers and fire crews were sent scrambling as they were dispatched to accident after accident.
The City of Niagara Falls also temporarily shut down entrances to the Niagara Thruway from Niagara Falls Boulevard to the Thruway during the accident spree, which were reported from the Porter-Packard Road exit to the Grand Island Bridge.
The first was reported just before 9 a.m.
About an hour earlier a band of lake effect snow passed through the area, according to Dave Thomas, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
The majority of the accidents happened on the southbound side of the road, Wentland said.
“The overpasses were all iced over,” he said. “And of course, nobody was slowing down.”
The state sent out salting trucks and by about 10:40 a.m. the roads were safe again for driving.