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Icy roads, crashes reported in Alle-Kiski Valley

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Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Late-afternoon flurries joined below-freezing temperatures and wind gusts to cause icy spots on roads Saturday evening throughout the Alle-Kiski Valley.

Numerous vehicle accidents were reported from about 6 to 7 p.m. Saturday, especially in Armstrong and Westmore­land counties.

The only crash known to involve serious injuries was on Route 56 near Delaware Avenue in Vandergrift.

Police said an elderly North Apollo couple was in a Chevrolet Tracker that slid on the icy bypass and rolled over twice. The man and woman, whose identities weren't released, were trapped in the sport-utility vehicle and were extricated by emergency responders.

Police said they were hospitalized with injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening. Route 56 into Vandergrift was closed for about an hour.

Crashes and icy roads also were reported at Route 66 near Greensburg Road and at Routes 380 and 780 in Washington Township; Route 56 through Allegheny Township; Route 356 near the Freeport Bridge in Allegheny Township; Route 422 in Manor Township; and Bakerstown Road in Frazer and Tarentum.

Similar weather conditions were expected Sunday, with scattered snow showers and temperatures that aren't expected to climb out of the 20s, according to the National Weather Service in Moon.

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