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County hit with whiteout conditions, ice causing unsafe delays, closures, accidents

November 12, 2019 News Extra

Picture is the intersection of Franklin Road and Longtree Way just south of Route 228 on Tuesday, which is reportedly covered in ice.

Emergency dispatch radio early Tuesday evening was bombarded with reports of stuck drivers, vehicle accidents and icy roads.

According to emergency services radio chatter and 911 dispatches, the road conditions in Cranberry Township deteriorated rapidly late Tuesday afternoon, causing crashes and backups.

Franklin Road was declared “a sheet of ice” by one officer at 4:30 p.m., with several cars “disabled.”

Accidents at the roundabout on Glen Eden Road and another at Unionville and Ogle View roads occurred while officers at the Franklin Road crash asked 911 dispatchers to close the road.

Various backups were also reported by police, including those on Route 19 from Rowan Road south and Thomson Park Road from Rochester Road to Costco.

Whiteout conditions also closed Route 228 according to emergency radio personnel.

Dispatchers also sent crews at 5 p.m. to South Main Street Hill in Butler Township for a report of multiple cars stuck on the hill.

Police were sent at 5:10 p.m. to Jackson Township for a report of seven cars stuck on a hill on Kniess Road.

And at 5:30 p.m. dispatches sent crews to reported four-vehicle crash on Upper Harmony Road around 5:30 p.m. where one vehicle was on its side and a woman, uninjured, trapped inside.

Reports from Eagle readers out on the roads claim portions of that Route 8 and Route I-79 North are at a standstill.

Jason Dailey, Cranberry Township director of public works, had some advice for drivers who want to get home safely.

“Everybody's really getting used to winter driving, so give yourself plenty of time in advance,” he said.

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