Freezing rain and frigid temperatures around the region prompted school districts from throughout Western Pennsylvania to delay or close today. It also caused many car accidents along major corridors, such as Interstate 79, Interstate 76, Routes 65, 51, 19, and the major parkways.
One accident in particular, near Wexford along I-79 North brought traffic to a near standstill, though it wasn't initially clear if there were any injuries. Along Route 366 this morning, a six-vehicle accident near Old Greensburg Road has at least two people injured. A local police chief said that it was actually two separate accidents that turned into one and that one person from each accident was hurt.
An accident on Route 85 in Rural Valley injured two people. They were both rushed to the hospital via ambulance shortly after first responders arrived. The accident happened about 5:30 a.m., before police say most salt trucks in the area had been deployed.
Police in Washington Township in Washington County are currently investigating an accident that happened near a Sunoco along Route 66 shortly after 8 a.m. Police are not sure what caused the accident, but believe the ice is to blame. Two cars were involved and one person was taken to the hospital. Another person was taken to the hospital after a Route 22 accident that happened shortly after 8 a.m.
Police from all over the city reported that bridge decks began to freeze at approximately 4 a.m. Some salt truckers were out as early as 3 a.m. according to the county commissioner, but other more rural areas did not see support until after 5 a.m. or 6 a.m.
Fortunately, there were no school bus accidents reported and county officials are attributing that to superintendents throughout the region who delayed or cancelled classes because of the weather.
If you were injured in one of the many car accidents that took place throughout the Pittsburgh region today, please call the personal injury and car accidents attorneys at Goodrich & Geist today for a free consultation at 412-766-1455.
Source: TribLive.com, "Icy roads, cold causing school delays, wrecks in Western Pa." 19 December 2014