Cold brings uptick in broken down vehicles on highways

MIAMI VALLEY — Travel on area highways when temperatures are well below freezing and you’ll likely see some abandoned broken down vehicles on the side of the road.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is responsible for tracking the broken down vehicles and drivers are often given up to 48 hours to have the vehicle removed before the patrol steps in, according to troopers.

Our crews spotted a truck left abandoned on the ramp from Ohio 4 to I-75 north and a white SUV was pulled off the side of the road on I-75 south between Benchwood Road and I-75 Friday morning.

OSP said the 48-hour rule can be broken if inclement winter weather is forecast.

Troopers said if you find yourself broken down on the side of the highway during the extreme cold or in an active snow storm to dial #677 for assistance.