Weather Blamed For Several Butler Co. Accidents
CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – North of Pittsburgh, the roads were a little slicker and accidents were more prevalent.
Interstate 79 was problematic as crews worked to keep it as clear as possible. Despite their efforts, there were a couple accidents.
A tractor-trailer jackknifed coming off the Zelienople exit ramp and another vehicle went into the ditch near the Wexford exit. There were no reported injuries in either incident.
At noon, roads in Cranberry Township were clear as temperatures started warming up throughout the morning.
Some of the side streets posed more of a problem, but things could have been worse.
PennDOT crews worked through the night to keep the major roads as clear as possible.
“We got ahead of the storm. All of our trucks were out applying salt, anti-icing to try to get the slushy conditions off the roadways this morning,” Mike Mattis said.
Some side streets in Butler County were fine, while others were covered in snow and ice.
“The truck, [when] we woke up this morning, was nothing but a sheet of ice,” Carol Keiser said.
Her road in West Sunbury was bad enough for a garbage truck to get stuck.
Power lines and tree branches were coated in ice in some parts as well. However, no major power outages were reported.
In addition to the roads, some schools opted to close Tuesday due to the weather and fear that conditions could get worse.