By Ross Guidotti

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – It was a very difficult morning for motorists around the area. Some had to contend with water mains ripping holes in the road, others dealt with a landslide and there was the widespread problem of black ice.

For residents in The Maples on the Fox Chapel/O’Hara Township border, access to Delafield Road was cut off.

Around 5:30 a.m. a six-inch water main ruptured, spilling thousands of gallons of water down the road. A massive hole opened up with black top buckling and rocks that used to be the road bed were washed down the road.

Courtney Gallagher was driving her boyfriend to work when things got scary on Lewin Lane in Churchill.

“We were flipping. I tried to skid to the woods and as soon as we hit we started rolling. Got out of the car as soon we could,” Gallagher said. “As soon as we got out, we saw the other vehicle flip behind us and went over to see if she was safe.”

Fortunately, no one was injured.

Gallagher’s child safety seats were unoccupied at the time of the accident.

“Thank God no kids were in the car. Thank God,” Gallagher said.

Then came the rock slide.

Passing motorists let PennDOT know several tons of stone fell off the hill beside Lincoln Boulevard in Lincoln Borough. The road remained closed for an hour, but was eventually reopened.

PennDOT said for now, the landslide has stabilized. but there are more indications more rocks could come down.


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