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30 accidents reported this morning in Lancaster County; Icy roads likely for evening commute

Vehicle accidents are being reported around Lancaster County after a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain.

At noon, Lancaster County-Wide Communications said they had received reports of 30 vehicle accidents since 5 a.m.

Forecasts called for sleet and freezing rain in the morning. Up to 2 inches of accumulated sleet was possible in some parts of Lancaster County, according to Millersville University meteorologist Eric Horst.

By midday sleet started to changeover to rain, Horst said. Even with a temperature of 31 degrees in Millersville, the rain wasn’t sticking, he said.

But with temperatures dropping this evening, Horst warned of ice on roads.

The National Weather Service in State College said a winter weather advisory for Adams, Fulton, Franklin, Lancaster and York counties will be in effect from 3 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Speeds on major roadways in South Central Pennsylvania were reduced to 45 mph at 5:30 a.m. In Lancaster County, that includes routes 283, 30 and 222.

All 16 Lancaster County public school districts are closed today. View LancasterOnline’s list of closings and delays.

“Snow and ice will result in difficult travel conditions, including during the morning commute … ,” according to the NWS.

Horst said he doesn’t expect much snow accumulation in central Lancaster County, although 2 inches would be possible in the northern part of the county.

“Freezing rain midmorning into midday will result in some ice accretion, especially air-cooled surfaces like trees, powerlines, bridges, etc.,” he said in an email to LancasterOnline on Tuesday. “Salt-treated roads should be mainly wet during the midday/afternoon, but secondary roads and sidewalks, etc. will be slippery/icy into the afternoon.”

Regionally, he said 3 to 8 inches could fall north of the Pennsylvania Turnpike with the potential for 8 or more inches in the northern part of the state.

Horst said the temperature will slowly rise from the 20s at dawn to between 32 and 34 in the afternoon. He said Wednesday night will turn breezy and colder with the temperature falling back into the 20s, “so a refreeze and some black ice will develop on we and untreated surfaces later in the evening and overnight.”

If you plan to travel to Philadelphia Thursday for the parade celebrating the Eagles Super Bowl championship, both AccuWeather and the NWS are calling for a mostly sunny day with temperatures in the lower 30s.

http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/accidents-reported-this-morning-in-lancaster-county-icy-roads-likely/article_b37537e8-0b5d-11e8-b9f6-3fe3fd6c5555.html

 

Tractor-trailer driver given 2 citations in crash that closed Route 222 to Route 30 west for 4 hours Tuesday

Heavy traffic backed up on Route 222 in Manheim Township after a tractor-trailer flipped on its side while exiting the roadway Tuesday.

The crash happened when the vehicle, headed south on Route 222, attempted to exit onto Route 30 west. The vehicle slid off the ramp and overturned alongside the roadway, according to Manheim Township police.

The driver, Antonio Brito, 25, of Allentown, was given two traffic citations for not driving at a safe speed and for accidents involving overturned vehicles. He was not injured, police said.

The exit ramp of Route 222 to Route 30 west was closed for about four hours, 911 dispatchers said.

The crash happened around 1:30 p.m. Fire police were called to the scene to direct traffic, according to Lancaster County-Wide Communications.

Emergency crews were off scene and the road reopened by 5:45 p.m., 911 said.

http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/tractor-trailer-driver-given-citations-in-crash-that-closed-route/article_099d162e-0b70-11e8-b2fd-5b7dc71c1f1f.html

Lancaster and surrounding area injury news as of  Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Man in critical condition after vehicle strikes, kills a horse that got loose in West Earl Township

A 23-year-old man is in critical condition after he hit a loose horse in a West Earl Township crash Sunday.

John Bosley, of Leola, was driving west in the 400 block of East Main Street (Route 23) around 10:10 p.m. when his vehicle struck a loose horse, police said.

The horse broke free from Jonathan Petersheim, of Manheim, as he was trying to hitch it to a buggy in the 200 block of East Eby Road, police said.

The site of the crash was about 1.5 miles away from where the horse got loose.

Bosley was transported to Lancaster General Hospital for injuries from the crash. He was listed in critical condition Tuesday, according to the hospital.

The horse died as a result of the crash, police said.

Police continue to investigate.

http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/man-in-critical-condition-after-vehicle-strikes-kills-loose-horse/article_f423bc84-f559-11e7-a4a9-63f6f7685e4e.html

Comment:   The horse owner’s insurance should be responsible for the injured victim.  As lawyers in Lancaster County, we see these types of cases on a regular basis.

 

Lancaster and surrounding area injury news as of Monday, January 8, 2018

Slick roads lead to several wrecks.
Multiple crashes are being reported on Susquehanna Valley roads as wintry weather moves through the area. In Lancaster County, a tractor-trailer slid off the southbound lanes of Route 222 near Route 30 on Monday afternoon.

Lancaster and surrounding area injury news as of Sunday, January 7, 2018

A pedestrian was struck by vehicle in Lancaster

An unidentified man was taken to Lancaster General Hospital on Sunday night after being struck by a vehicle in Lancaster, city police said. The man was struck at about 5:50 p.m. at the intersection of Manor Street and Filbert Street. He was initially reported unconscious at the scene, according to dispatch reports.

Police said the man was older but could not immediately provide his name or age.

The man suffered a leg injury, according to police Monday.

http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/pedestrian-struck-by-vehicle-in-lancaster/article_ba25d6c6-f404-11e7-a53a-cb3de7fd35db.html

Comments: Pedestrians have rights against the at-fault driver’s insurance, as well as their own automobile insurance.  An experienced car accident lawyer knows how to seek benefits under both.

The Hanover Police Department is investigating a fatal hit-and-run, that occurred in the first block of North Railroad Street, early Sunday morning. A 29-year-old Hanover man was struck and killed while he was crossing the road.  The police reported that the victim was found lying on the road by a passerby who called 911.

Hanover Borough Police in York County asks witnesses or people with information pertaining to the incident to call 911 or at 717-637-5575.

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A six-percent Pennsylvania turnpike toll increase for both cash and E-ZPass customers takes effect today.

Lancaster and surrounding area injury news as of Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018

A Landisville man was killed after his vehicle overturned at 4:15 a.m. Saturday morning on Stony Battery Road in West Hempfield Township. A passenger was also injured and taken the Lancaster General Hospital. Emergency dispatch reported that two people were trapped in the vehicle. The investigation shows that the vehicle veered from the road, struck trees, and flipped onto its roof. After being closed part of the morning, Stony Battery Road was reopened.

Lancaster and surrounding area injury news as of  Friday, Jan. 5, 2018

A man was killed Friday night when his vehicle struck a tree in front of a residence along Truce Road in Providence Township. Emergency personnel were on the scene near Hollow Road at 8:38 p.m. Initial reports said emergency crews worked to free the man, who was trapped on the passenger’s side of the vehicle, which was wedged against the tree. The driver was pulled from the vehicle at about 8:50 but died at the scene.

Lancaster and surrounding area injury news as of Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018

A 25-year old man of  Lititz PA died Wednesday in a trucking accident.

Lancaster and surrounding area injury news as of Sunday, December 31, 2017

A25-year-old Lancaster man was killed when his vehicle crashed during a police pursuit early Saturday in Lebanon County. Brandon Small died at the scene of the crash which occurred around 2:45 a.m., Lebanon City police Chief Todd Breiner announced in a news release Sunday.Breiner said officers responded to a call for service in the city and became involved in a pursuit that spanned less than two miles and ended in North Lebanon Township when the fleeing vehicle struck a utility

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A 17-year-old Donegal High School student from Mount Joy passed away on Sunday, December 31, 2017, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident after the vehicle struck a detached garage near Manheim. Three other teens were injured in the accident.

The accident occurred shortly after 6 p.m. in the 1300 block of Lebanon Road in Rapho Township. Manheim Borough police Chief Joe Stauffer said the vehicle went off the road and traveled into a garage behind a home at 1383 Lebanon Road (Route 72).

Lancaster and surrounding area injury news as of Saturday, December 30, 2017

An 11-vehicle accident snarled the Pennsylvania Turnpike (Interstate-76) Eastbound traffic for more than four hours between Lebanon-Lancaster and Harrisburg East (MP 251.3-251.2)  Read article.

Lancaster and surrounding area injury news as of Sunday, December 27, 2017

A pickup truck nearly struck a Lancaster city barbershop after early morning collision. The early morning crash in a busy downtown Lancaster intersection sent one vehicle careening onto a sidewalk, nearly hitting a barbershop. City police Sgt. Jason Ziegler said a pickup truck traveling east on West King Street appears to have run a red light, “t-boning” another pickup truck traveling on Prince Street. Ziegler said the collision sent the southbound pickup truck spinning onto the sidewalk.

 

Lancaster and surrounding area injury news as of December 11, 2017

East Lampeter: A crash involving a tractor-trailer on Route 30 has been cleared in Lancaster County.

The crash happened in the westbound lanes of Route 30 near the Harrisburg Pike exit around 8:30 a.m. There were heavy delays.

Lancaster and surrounding area injury news as of November 30, 2017

A fire was reported at H.M. Stauffer & Sons Inc., 33 Glenola Drive, just before 8:30 a.m. At least 10 fire companies and over 150 emergency personnel, including firefighters, EMTs and fire police, assisted at the scene. A saw mill employee seriously injured, airlifted to burn center after Upper Leacock Township warehouse fire. Firefighters fought the two-alarm blaze for hours, relying on tankers for water after they exhausted township resources.

Lancaster and surrounding area injury news as of October 25, 2017:

A Harrisburg man died at the scene of a crash Monday night in Warwick. Stephen D. Christ Jr., 36, died an accidental death of multiple traumatic injuries after his car went airborne and hit the roof of a home, according to Lancaster County Coroner Dr. Stephen Diamantoni.

Christ was driving a 2013 Dodge Dart westbound on East Newport Road and failed to negotiate a curve in the road and struck an embankment, causing it to vault 150 feet in the air before it struck the roof of a home, then landed on a tree in the backyard., per Northern Lancaster County Regional police. No residents of the home were injured, police said.

Lancaster and surrounding area injury news as of October 4, 2017:

64-year-old Ernest T. Capizzi  of Lititz was killed in Wednesday in a crash near 345 S. Reading Road in the northbound lane around 9 a.m. in Ephrata Borough Wednesday morning after his vehicle was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer. The victim was driving a white Toyota Prius at the time of the accident.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, 24-year-old Wayne M. Sauder, of Denver, wasn’t injured.

South Reading Road (Route 272) was closed from Meadow Valley Road through South State Street for approximately three hours Wednesday as investigators reconstructed the incident. The road reopened around noon, police Lt. Chris McKim said.

The crash remains under investigation. Police ask anyone who witnessed the accident to contact Officer Davis at 717-738-9200, ext. 262.

Lancaster and surrounding area injury news as of December 11, 2017

East Lampeter: A crash involving a tractor-trailer on Route 30 has been cleared in Lancaster County.

The crash happened in the westbound lanes of Route 30 near the Harrisburg Pike exit around 8:30 a.m. There were heavy delays.

Lancaster and surrounding area injury news as of November 30, 2017

A fire was reported at H.M. Stauffer & Sons Inc., 33 Glenola Drive, just before 8:30 a.m. At least 10 fire companies and over 150 emergency personnel, including firefighters, EMTs and fire police, assisted at the scene. A saw mill employee seriously injured, airlifted to burn center after Upper Leacock Township warehouse fire. Firefighters fought the two-alarm blaze for hours, relying on tankers for water after they exhausted township resources.

Lancaster and surrounding area injury news as of October 25, 2017:

A Harrisburg man died at the scene of a crash Monday night in Warwick. Stephen D. Christ Jr., 36, died an accidental death of multiple traumatic injuries after his car went airborne and hit the roof of a home, according to Lancaster County Coroner Dr. Stephen Diamantoni.

Christ was driving a 2013 Dodge Dart westbound on East Newport Road and failed to negotiate a curve in the road and struck an embankment, causing it to vault 150 feet in the air before it struck the roof of a home, then landed on a tree in the backyard., per Northern Lancaster County Regional police. No residents of the home were injured, police said.

Lancaster and surrounding area injury news as of October 4, 2017:

64-year-old Ernest T. Capizzi  of Lititz was killed in Wednesday in a crash near 345 S. Reading Road in the northbound lane around 9 a.m. in Ephrata Borough Wednesday morning after his vehicle was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer. The victim was driving a white Toyota Prius at the time of the accident.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, 24-year-old Wayne M. Sauder, of Denver, wasn’t injured.

South Reading Road (Route 272) was closed from Meadow Valley Road through South State Street for approximately three hours Wednesday as investigators reconstructed the incident. The road reopened around noon, police Lt. Chris McKim said.

The crash remains under investigation. Police ask anyone who witnessed the accident to contact Officer Davis at 717-738-9200, ext. 262.

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