Snow causes crash, lowers speed on PA highways

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NORTH JACKSON, Ohio (WKBN) – Heavy snow Tuesday morning caused a crash along Interstate 80 near Meander Reservoir.

Driver Misty Allen said she was headed to work when she thinks her truck hit some ice and slid off the highway.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol was on the scene near Meander Reservoir when the accident happened just after 9 a.m.

Allen said she was driving 50 miles per hour. She has advice for other drivers.

“Stay home. Stay home. Don’t drive. I don’t like this stuff,” Allen said.

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Ohio Department of Transportation officials say it’s important to take your time on the road and leave a few minutes earlier to give yourself enough time to get to where you’re going.

ODOT has nearly 40 salts trucks out between Mahoning and Trumbull Counties that have been plowing and salting the roads all morning.

Photos: Snow, winds lead to low visibility in Valley

PennDOT says they have 31 trucks on the road in Mercer County. Crews will be out throughout the snow storm and well after it stops.

“We’re staying busy. As snow starts to taper off a little bit, we’re going to be out still putting some salt down, making sure nothing re-freezes when the snow stops and the temperatures get colder overnight again,” ODOT Public Information Officer Brent Kovacs said.

ODOT says they are focusing the most on the windy areas of the Valley.

You can also find state traffic conditions on ODOT’s website.

PennDOT is urging motorists to avoid unnecessary travel, but those who must head out will see speeds reduced to 45 mph on the following highways:

  • Interstate 80 in Mercer and Venango counties
  • Interstate 79 in Mercer and Crawford counties.

Although PennDOT crews have been treating roadways, the department’s primary goal is to keep roads passable, not completely free of ice and snow. PennDOT will continue to treat roadways throughout the storm until precipitation stops and roads are clear.

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