Christmas Eve begins in Pittsburgh with snow showers, crashes

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A band of snow showers moving through the Pittsburgh area caused icy road conditions and numerous crashes this morning.

Crashes were reported on eastbound Interstate 376 near Hopewell in Beaver County, I-70 blocking both sides between the I-79 south junction and Dunningsville in Washington County, the Highland Park Bridge in Pittsburgh, Ardmore Boulevard near the Parkway East interchange, Route 51 near the West End Circle, the Homestead Grays Bridge, and near the Bigelow Boulevard-Sixth Avenue intersection Downtown.

A pickup truck slid out of control and into the path of a Port Authority bus near Forbes and South Braddock avenues in Point Breeze this morning, causing serious injuries.

Spokesman Jim Ritchie said the 61A North Braddock bus was traveling outbound when the crash occurred around 9 a.m. Two occupants of the pickup truck were believed to be seriously hurt. Two bus passengers who suffered minor injuries were taken to UPMC Mercy. Police were investigating.

Service on the Library line of Port Authority's Light Rail Transit system was disrupted by a downed line. Shuttle buses were operating in the affected area. 

The line came down between the Library and Mesta stops. Shuttle buses were running and repairs were completed this morning, Mr. Ritchie said.

The National Weather Service issued a special weather statement for the district, including Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Washington and northwestern Westmoreland counties, about 8:30 a.m. A band of moderate snow showers with some areas of intense snow showers was forecast this morning. Snow was expected to taper off by 10 a.m., with no more than an inch of accumulation.

Today's forecast high is 28.

First Published December 24, 2013 8:43 AM

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