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Officials: Weather contributed to landslide

ADAMS COUNTY, Ohio (Angenette Levy) -- A landslide shut down part of a road for a couple of hours Monday evening.

Part of a hillside gave way and rock, dirt and tree limbs crumbled on to U.S. 52 east of Manchester. Someone called 911 around 5:30 p.m. and reported the road was impassable. Luckily, no one was driving by and no one was hurt.

A snow plow happened to be in the area and cleared one lane of traffic. Other crews cleared a second lane. The entire road was clear by 8 p.m.
The transportation manager on scene couldn't say whether another landslide would happen in the same spot.

"That's one thing you don't know. You just do what you can and hope no more comes down. Ain't no real way to keep it from it," said Kenneth Grooms, a transportation manager with the Ohio Dept. of Transportation.

Grooms believes thawing and freezing caused the landslide. He said the last one of this size that he could recall happened in 1997. Heavy rain that year also caused flooding.

Crews will return to the scene Tuesday morning with large equipment to break up the debris and move it farther away from the road.
 
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