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Dozens of accidents keep Tri-state area crews busy Thursday

February 25, 2005|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

Thursday's snow contributed to dozens of minor traffic accidents on Tri-State area roads, police and emergency services spokespersons said. Officials in Berkeley County, W.Va., reported nearly 60 accidents between 2 p.m. and late Thursday.

Most of those in Berkeley County and in Franklin County, Pa., occurred on Interstate 81, officials said.

An emergency services spokesman in Chambersburg, Pa., said more than 20 accidents were reported in Franklin County since mid-afternoon.

State Police in McConnellsburg, Pa., responded to only one storm-related call, a trooper said.

Schools in Morgan, Jefferson and Berkeley counties of West Virginia were closed Thursday and will be closed today.

"Nothing major," an emergency services spokesman in Charles Town in Jefferson County, W.Va., said. He said the agency received numerous accident reports, but he didn't know an exact number.

A spokesman at PennDOT's Franklin County headquarters in Chambersburg said all the department's crews were out plowing and sanding Thursday evening to clear the roads.

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"The roads are snow-covered and slippery underneath," he said.

Road crews also were out throughout the county's townships and boroughs.

Todd Toth, a weather observer in Waynesboro, Pa., said more than 2 inches of snow had fallen in the area by 7:30 p.m. The storm that dropped the snow was expected to move out overnight leaving only lingering flurries this morning. Toth said the cold weather would stay around through today.

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