Multiple weather-related crashes tying up traffic on Interstates 70, 79 and Route 28
January 12, 2016 2:43 PM
Rush hour traffic creeps along the highway in Tuesday morning's snowfall.
By Dan Majors / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
State highway patrol officers are working multiple weather-related accidents today on Interstates 70 and 79 in Washington County, where several sections of the highways are closed.
An accident on I-70 near Belle Vernon shortly before 2 p.m. involved 10 vehicles with the Associated Press reporting some people have been injured and trapped in their vehicles.
"The interstates are very bad," said state Trooper Matthew J. Jardine. "There are multiple accidents on 70 and 79 in Washington County and we're working to clear them up. Our guys are getting sent from one crash to another, and I don't think we'll have any information [on injuries] until after they get back in late tonight."
The storm front, which peaked in the Pittsburgh area between 1 and 2 p.m. has been blamed for numerous accidents in the city, including a school bus with children on board that struck a concrete stairway in front of a home on Herron Avenue near Bigelow Boulevard in Oakland. No injuries were reported.
Weather also may be affecting traffic on Route 28 in Shaler, where the southbound lanes were closed sometime after 3 p.m. following a multiple-vehicle crash. According to Amie Downs, the Allegheny County spokeswoman, police were waiting for salt from PennDOT and the removal of the vehicles before reopening the lanes. She said the crash resulted in multiple injuries, but none were serious.
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