Blizzard causes minor accidents in the Southtowns

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) – In the Southtowns on Wednesday during the second blizzard of 2014, the wind was picking up the snow, creating low visibility.

Both West Seneca and Orchard Park Police report only responding to minor accidents, many of which were vehicles that were stuck or went off the road. West Seneca saw a half dozen accidents and Orchard Park around 10. Officials say it helped that people listened to advice to stay off the roads unless they absolutely had to go out.

There were quite a few people picking up groceries before heading home, but pushing a cart in the snow is difficult. Luckily one woman who was having trouble got some help from some good Samaritans.

“She was stuck, she can’t get the cart through the snow. She said she usually does her shopping on Wednesdays and didn’t think about it. She came out and did her shopping. I saw she was struggling, she’s an elderly woman so I just helped her out,” said Orchard Park resident Brenda Calabro.

“One thing you’ve got to do is pay attention because everybody is slipping and sliding. You’ve got to stay far behind them, that’s all. The weather’s not too bad. It’s not as bad as it was the last time,” said Perry Natarelli and Orchard Park resident.

A travel advisory is in effect for Erie County. People are asked to refrain from unnecessary travel.

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