Mon Valley motorists experience wintry mix
By Michael DiVittorio
Published: Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, 1:46 a.m.
A wintry mix of snow and slush made some roads in several Mon Valley area communities dangerous, while other towns reported no weather-related incidents on Friday.
West Mifflin police responded to several accidents and closed two roads because of icy conditions. Commonwealth Avenue near West Mifflin Area High School was closed. Police received information about cars sliding down that area.
Route 885 near the Community College of Allegheny County campus was closed. Two separate accidents were reported along Route 885 near Wendy's, and an accident was reported along the 100 block of Castle Drive. No injuries were reported.
White Oak police responded to a call of a car over a hill along Lower Heckman Road shortly before 7 p.m. No injuries or entrapment were reported.
Lincoln firefighters responded to a vehicle turned over around 8 p.m. along the 4100 block of Liberty Way. No injuries were reported. The road was closed between Abe's Way and Bellbridge Road until around 9 p.m.
North Versailles Township police assisted East McKeesport responders with a tractor-trailer stuck along Route 48. Township police rerouted travelers northbound along Route 48 near the Home Depot.
A vehicle reportedly flipped over along Gill Hall Road in Jefferson Hills. Some vehicles were stuck along roadways in Pleasant Hills.
Elizabeth Township residents reported power outages. Township police said there were two separate accidents in the area of Mount Vernon Cemetery along Greenock Buena Vista Road. Vehicles were stuck briefly in the snow along Ridge Road until salt trucks arrived. No injuries were reported.
Motorists along Route 30 in North Versailles said roads were very slushy and icy in some sections.
National Weather Service reported a hazardous weather outlook for Allegheny County with snow accumulation around an inch. Temperatures were predicted to drop into the teens overnight, with west winds coming in between 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.
McKeesport and Clairton firefighters said they did not have any major weather-related incidents or accidents on Friday. Munhall police and Glassport firefighters reported no accidents or weather issues.
Whitaker police Chief John Vargo and Homestead police Chief Jeff DeSimone said no such problems arose in their towns.
Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or email@example.com.
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