Speed Reduction Lifted In Clarion, Jefferson Counties

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A section of I-80 westbound closed Saturday morning due to a multi-vehicle accident near Wolf Creek Township.

PennDOT announced around 9:50 a.m. that I-80 westbound was closed between Exit 29 (Barkeyville, Route 8) in Venango County and Exit 19B (Interstate 79, interchange) in Mercer County. The stretch of I-80 reopened shortly before noon.

Pennsylvania state police say a tractor trailer rear-ended one car, and the impact caused another car to be hit.

Richard P. Wolfgang, 73, and Sherry Wolfgang, 62, were in the first car that was hit. Richard was rushed to UPMC Presbyterian with severe injuries.

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On I-80 in Venango and Mercer counties, a temporary speed reduction to 45 mph is in effect in both the eastbound and westbound lanes.

Speed reductions were also in effect in Clarion and Jefferson counties Saturday morning. Speed limits were restored to their regular posted limits around 1 p.m.

The National Weather Service announced a dangerous snow squall would affect central Clarion, Mercer and southwestern Venango counties early Saturday morning, causing poor visibility on the roads.

Both PennDOT and the National Weather Service discourage travelling unless necessary and exercising caution while on the roads.