St. Lawrence County escapes serious problems in big snowstorm
Friday, December 28, 2012 - 11:48 am

By CRAIG FREILICH

The big snow in St. Lawrence County apparently did not result in any serious vehicle accidents or other major trouble, and in fact one law enforcement officer was surprised the day passed Thursday without more work for his department.

Canton Police Chief Victor Rycroft was actually “pleasantly surprised” by the diminished vehicle traffic and the lack of vehicles stuck on the roads.

“I think people did well, staying off the road,” said Rycroft.

“We were fortunate. I thought we would have more trouble at intersections, with mushy snow,” he said.

“I think people were paying attention to the forecast and law enforcement advice to curtail travel where they could.”

He did report one personal injury accident, at about 1 p.m., at the intersection of Gouverneur Street and West Main, when vehicles driven by Kelsey Ramsdell of Winthrop and Christine Ladison of Canton came together. One person complained of pain after one vehicle allegedly rear-ended the other.

The Potsdam Police Department spent a good part of Thursday helping motorists stuck in the snow, mainly out of intersections, but no major consequences materialized.

And while the state police no doubt were busy with similar problems, their blotter summary did not list an unusual number of accidents Thursday.