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Ice comes on fast, causes numerous accidents

January 9, 2013

This Jeep Cherokee driven by Renee Buck, 40, Punxsutawney, was traveling south on Route 436 (South Main Street) in Punxsutawney on Wednesday, when she lost control of it, causing it to roll over into a yard along the road. (Photo by Larry McGuire of The Punxsutawney Spirit)

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Police were warning motorists to stay off the roads and closed others for several hours after a brief spell of rain froze on roadways and led to crashes throughout the Jefferson County and Western Pennsylvania area Wednesday morning.

In Punxsutawney Borough the icy road conditions caused three accidents at approximately 11:15 a.m. Wednesday.

According to Punxsutawney Borough Police, a 2003 Nissan Pathfinder driven by Natasha Seiverling, 23, Punxsutawney, was traveling north on Clawson Street toward Graffius Avenue when Seiverling lost control on the ice-covered roadway, causing the vehicle to strike a snow embankment at 11:11 a.m. in Punxsutawney.

Police said Seiverling's vehicle traveled across the roadway and struck a utility pole. Seiverling was treated at the scene by Jefferson County EMS, and her vehicle was towed from the scene by Walker's Towing, police said.

Police were called to another accident that occurred on Route 436 (South Main Street) in Punxsutawney at 11:13 a.m..

According to police, Renee Buck, 40, Punxsutawney, was traveling south on Route 436 and was climbing a hill when she lost control of her Jeep Cherokee on the icy road and traveled across the northbound lane, rolling her vehicle over into someone's yard.

Buck was transported by Jefferson County EMS to Punxsutawney Area Hospital for treatment of her injuries.

Police were assisted at the scene by the Lindsey Fire Company.

Also, a Dodge Ram pickup truck struck a utility pole when it slid on the icy road while traveling north on Sycamore Street next to the Punxsutawney Spirit's building at approximately 11:15 a.m.

No further information was available at Spirit press time.

According to scanner reports, there were also numerous other accidents
that occurred at approximately 11 a.m. Wednesday throughout Jefferson County due to icy road conditions, including Interstate 80, as Brookville, Pine Creek, Corsica, Falls Creek and Warsaw Township fire companies responded to the numerous accidents that occurred and closed the interstate for several hours.

Big Run Volunteer Fire Company also responded to accidents in the borough and townships in their coverage area, including one by the Gaskill Township municipal building.

State police issued a late-morning plea Wednesday for people to stay off the roads temporarily until PennDOT crews could spread salt and anti-skid on area highways.

According to the the National Weather Service, the icy spots developed because the ground remained cold enough from a recent cold spell despite temperatures in the low 40s.

Motorists may check conditions on more than 2,900 miles of interstates and other major highways by calling 5-1-1 or visiting www.511PA.com.

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