Sleet and snow contribute to area crashes

Sleet and snow contributed to a number of crashes in the region Monday, including one on Route 118 near Lairdsville, where a tractor-trailer loaded with mattresses jackknifed and landed in a ditch about 12:15 p.m.

The truck driver, whose identity was not available, lost control on the two-lane state road, according to Glen Temple, Lairdsville assistant fire chief.

The driver climbed out of the rig on his own but was taken to the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville by ambulance for unspecified injuries.

Before landing in the ditch, the rig struck a guard rail and a pickup truck, whose driver escaped injury.

It took nearly six hours to clean up the wreck, Temple said.

Another crash caused headaches for motorists traveling west on Interstate 180 from Turbotville about 1 p.m. when a westbound tractor-trailer jackknifed and then collided with a tanker truck carrying 8,000 gallons of gasoline just east of the Lycoming-Northumberland county line, according to Muscovy Area Fire Chief Scott Delay.

No one was injured, but the westbound lanes from Turbotville were closed for two hours, Delay said.

There were numerous accidents in which motorists lost control of their vehicles and slammed into utility poles.

One such crash occurred in the 1700 block of Memorial Avenue in the city. No one was hurt in most of the crashes.