Slick Conditions Slow Morning Commute

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Pittsburgh’s streets are notoriously steep, which made for some nerve-wracking moments for drivers Tuesday morning.

While many of the streets were just wet and not icy, there were some trouble spots around Pittsburgh.

A pickup truck rolled down a hill on Industry Street in Allentown and struck a utility pole.

Sue Magnes said the emergency brake was on and her truck was in park. She was not in the vehicle at the time and is baffled at how it would have rolled down the hill.

In Lincoln-Lemington, several motorists had to abandon their vehicles on the steep side of Lemington Avenue. They were forced to wait for police and tow truck drivers to come to the rescue because of icy conditions.

Carrick was another area that saw ice pile up on the sidewalks and roads.

“Salt and ice everywhere. It’s just like an ice skating rink out here,” Mike Sheehan said.

Two weeks ago, Fallowfield Avenue in Beechview resembled a demolition derby. Ice caused several cars to spin out of control and crash.

On Tuesday, several brave drivers inched their way down the hill.

“We’ve lived on that street for years and when it gets like this you never know if it’s going to change at any minute. So, I kind of took my time,” Carol Walsh said.


One Comment

  1. Hoss says:

    Sue obviously either forgot about, or never was taught, the golden rule for parking on a hill: after placing the gear in “park” and setting the emergency brake, always turn your wheels towards the curb.

    1. Valerie Ott says:

      That rule doesn’t really apply when you live in a place where you have to park ON the curb because the streets are so narrow. Then it doesn’t matter where your wheels are aimed… nothing is going to stop it from sliding.

      1. Hoss says:

        Agreed about the sliding. If icy conditions are present, sliding will likely happen. But keeping the wheels straight results in the car going straight, and further down the hill. Turn the wheels and the car won’t slide as far forward, just sideways. Simple logic and physics which apply to whether the car is on the street on a curb.

  2. Bob Lozano says:

    Hello….here is the solution…a garage!

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