UPD reports 28 vehicle accidents on campus during blizzard


Twenty-eight motor vehicle accidents happened on campus Tuesday through Thursday because of low visibility and icy road conditions, according to UPD Deputy Chief Joshua Sticht.

Callers reported 10 motor vehicle accidents on Tuesday — seven accidents on North Campus and three on South Campus. 

UPD reported the most motor vehicle accidents on Wednesday, when weather conditions deteriorated seriously, causing Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz to declare a state of emergency until Thursday. 

UPD reported 14 motor vehicle accidents where people drove off the road Wednesday. This was the cause of most of the accidents, according to Sticht. Ten happened on North Campus and four on South Campus. 

UPD reported four motor vehicle accidents on North Campus on Thursday, including one accident where someone sustained injuries, although they were “not serious.” There were no motor vehicle reports on South Campus Thursday.

Sticht also said there were three reports of people skiing while hanging on to the rear of moving vehicles on Wednesday. Spectrum reporters witnessed at least one instance of this on Thursday afternoon. 

Sticht cautioned all students who were travelling in the storm. 

“I would advise everyone to use caution when driving but also when walking,” Sticht wrote in an email. “Remember if you are crossing a street that vehicles will not be able to stop as quickly as they do when the pavement is dry.”

Tanveen Vohra is a Co-senior News Editor and can be reached at Tanveen.vohra@ubspectrum.com and @TanveenUBSpec.


Tanveen Vohra is a former senior news editor and covered international relations and graduate student protests.