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Residents do battle with winter ... again

February 04, 2004|from Staff reports

Tri-State area motorists appeared to be driving with care during Tuesday's ice, sleet, snow and rain, conditions that left the roads in a mess, according to accident and road condition reports by police, emergency services and road maintenance officials.

In Franklin County, Pa., Dennis Clopper, a county 911 dispatcher in Chambersburg, Pa., said 10 motor vehicle accidents were reported from 4 a.m. through late afternoon Tuesday. Some resulted in minor injuries but none of the accidents reported was serious, he said.

Most of the accidents occurred along Interstate 81 in the northern sections of Franklin County near Shippensburg, Pa., Clopper said. Two tractor-trailers slid off the highway into the median, he said.

Farther south, in Washington Township, Pa., only one accident was reported Tuesday.

Chief Barry Keller of the Washington Township Police Department said the accident occurred on Pa. 997 when the driver of one vehicle struck a utility pole when he swerved to avoid another one coming in the opposite direction that was skidding out of control. There were no injuries, Keller said.

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Washington Township Manager Michael A. Christopher said road crews were out early applying anti-skid material.

The roads in the lower portions of the township were slushy but passable with care, Christopher said. Those on the mountain in Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., were icy because of the lower temperatures there.

Another problem was "ponding" of water at storm drains that were becoming plugged with ice, he said. The ponds were likely to freeze up as temperatures begin to drop.

n In the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, police in Berkeley and Jefferson counties reported no serious accidents, but said numerous vehicles slid off the roads.

By mid-afternoon, many roads were cleared.

In Martinsburg, W.Va., city employees had to clear a drain under the Burke Street underpass after water started to pool.

Schools in all three Eastern Panhandle counties were closed. Morgan County Schools are closed today, while schools in Berkeley and Jefferson counties were to open two hours late.

Staff writers Richard Belisle and Candice Bosely contributed to this story.

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