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Snowy roads may be to blame for traffic accident on Interstate

By: Lauren Hensley

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Pa.-- Snowy roads and wet conditions may be to blame for an accident that shut down the interstate for more than an hour Saturday.

Due to these conditions, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation reduced the speed limit to 45 miles per hour on Interstate 80 in Clearfield, Clarion and Jefferson counties.

Interstate 80 West was closed between Exit 97 in Jefferson County and Exit 90 in Clearfield County due to a multi-vehicle crash at mile marker 93 in Washington Township, Jefferson County. Three tractor-trailers were involved in an accident and traffic was at a standstill until crews could clean up the wreck.

One group of students driving from DuBois to Clarion pulled off to try and figure out an alternative route home.

We were taking the SAT tests and one of the parents saw my shirt and asked if I was going to Clarion, and I said yes and she told me westbound was closed, driver Ben Benton said.

He said the group had been waiting for about 30 minutes and this is when our 6News crews told the Benton Interstate 80 westbound was reopened.

That is really nice, Benton exclaimed. Now I don't have to go the back way.

The Falls Creek Volunteer Fire Department was one of the emergency service crews to respond to the crash. According to Rich Mooney, a volunteer with the fire department, he said the traffic delay could have been a lot worse. Mooney said he has seen a 40 car pile-up that resulted in traffic being shut down for hours. Mooney said when it comes to driving in the snow; he has one message for drivers.

You can't drive 100 mile per hour on an ice covered road, Rich Mooney, with the Falls Creek Volunteer Fire Department, said. The biggest thing is just to slow down and take your time.

Drivers can always check out road conditions in Pennsylvania by visiting the website

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times