I-70 reopens after tractor-trailer crash in Washington County
By Jason Cato
Published: Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, 8:33 a.m.
A forecast for dry weather and temperatures in the 30s for the rest of the week makes a repeat of Christmas Eve traffic crashes unlikely.
A sunrise temperature of 14 degrees Fahrenheit on Christmas will warm to the low 30s, and highs in the 20s and 30s are expected through the weekend, said Lee Hendricks, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Moon.
Forecasters expect no snow. A coating to an inch fell on Tuesday.
“River levels have dropped below 18 feet, so the good news is that the Mon Wharf will no longer be flooded,” Hendricks said.
The Pittsburgh Parking Authority said the garage would reopen on Friday, following cleanup.
Wrecks and snow greeted some motorists during their morning commutes on Christmas Eve. A high of 27 at sunrise plummeted to around 20 by mid-morning.
Snow squalls caused crashes involving up to 40 vehicles on I-90 east of Cleveland, an interstate bustling with holiday travelers that links Cleveland with Erie and Buffalo, N.Y. The crashes shut down an 11-mile stretch before noon. A few people were taken to the hospital, but there were no serious injuries, police said.
“When the temperatures drop like this, people need to be prepared and expect slick conditions,” said PennDOT spokesman Steve Cowan.
A 7:35 a.m. crash involving a tractor-trailer on Interstate 70 in Washington County temporarily closed traffic in both directions between southbound Interstate 79 and Exit 27.
Paramedics took one person to a hospital for evaluation, an emergency dispatcher said.
A semi hauling two UPS trailers was involved in the crash in the westbound lanes, along with several cars. A separate crash, possibly caused by rubbernecking drivers, shut down the eastbound lanes.
The UPS trailers were empty and the accident did not affect deliveries, a UPS spokeswoman said. The driver was uninjured.
Another tractor-trailer careened over a hillside off I-79 northbound near Waynesburg.
Other accidents affected traffic on Route 65 in Sewickley, Route 910 and Pearce Mill Road in Pine, and Interstate 376 Business in Moon, PennDOT reported.
Gas prices for the holiday week remain unchanged across Western Pennsylvania, according to AAA.
The price for a gallon of unleaded gas is about $3.405, above the national average of $3.258.
Average prices around the region include $3.403 in Pittsburgh, $3.450 in Greensburg and $3.375 in Washington, AAA reported.
Jason Cato is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach him at 412-320-7936 or email@example.com. The Associated Press and staff writer Margaret Harding contributed.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Aerobic fundraiser challenges attendees
- Kovacevic: Big Ben’s contract clock ticking
- Talented center Sutter is proving to be ‘pretty important’ for Penguins
- SHOOTING FOR THE STARS IN UNIONTOWN
- Duquesne crash leaves 1 injured
- Western Pennsylvania engineer aboard missing Malaysia Airlines flight
- Agent confirms Mendenhall retiring from NFL
- Troop cuts worry vets in Fayette
- FAA asks authority for updates
- Westmoreland County Courthouse in Greensburg to be featured in TV series
- Democratic governor candidate Wagner remains confident amid skepticism