Slippery roads lead to numerous crashes
A wet, but steady snowfall on Tuesday afternoon blanketed area roads with a slushy mess, making conditions very slippery and contributing to numerous accidents.
One crash with injuries on Route 220 near Pennsdale forced the closing of a section of the two-lane road between Rabbittown Road to Middle Road about 6:30 p.m. because road conditions were so treacherous.
Fire companies throughout the county were dispatched to nearly a dozen crashes, including two that occurred minutes apart in the area of Four Mile and Valley Heights drives about 12:40 p.m. One person was taken to an area emergency room.
Other crashes were reported in the 4000 block of Route 220 in Wolf Township about 12:45 p.m; the 3000 block of Route 14 in Lewis Township and on Route 15, just north of Clyde Peeling’s Reptileland in Union County’s Gregg Township about 6:15 p.m.
The crash in Union County sent two people to the UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport Regional Medical Center, Capt. Jim Stehr, a member of the Warrior Run Area Volunteer Fire Co., said.
He said road conditions at the time were deplorable.
“Both cars ended in a ditch,” he said.
The northbound lane of Route 15 was closed for about 30 minutes, Stehr said.
Concerning the crash near Pennsdale, a man driving a pickup truck lost control of the vehicle, which went over an embankment and landed on its roof, Muncy Township Fire Chief Scott Oldweiler said.
The driver and a male passenger both managed to climb out of the wreckage on their own, Oldweiler said.
“I ordered the road closed because I wanted to keep the rescue workers at the scene safe and prevent other accidents from happening,” he said.
Soon after this crash, a man lost control of his Jeep on Route 220 and landed in a ditch about a half a mile north of the scene, Oldweiler said.
“No one was injured. The vehicle was pulled out and the driver was on his way,” he added.
About 8:15 p.m., Old Lycoming Township police were investigating a crash at the Route 15 North off-ramp at Hepburnville interchange. There were no reports of injuries.
On Monday afternoon, there was a serious crash reported on Little Pine Creek Road near Waterville shortly after 3 p.m. One person was reportedly flown to a trauma center, but no other details were available. Emergency personnel at the scene reported road conditions then were very slippery.