Icy roads lead to several accidents during a.m. commute

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PITTSBURGH - Freezing rain made for an icy and messy morning commute Wednesday.

Channel 11’s Trisha Pittman reported on numerous accidents throughout the WPXI-TV Pittsburgh area during Channel 11 morning news.

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Drivers reported icy conditions on Route 28 between Natrona Heights and Tarentum.  Channel 11’s Brittny McGraw reported that several vehicles slid off the side of the road and on/off ramps were covered in a sheet of ice.

WPXI-TV Pittsburgh Facebook fans and Twitter followers reported accidents in many areas. 

"Fire department and cops are turning people around.  Route 380 at Route 286 is closed," said Stephanie Cribbs. 

"Roads are very icy in [the] North Hills near McKnight Road. I was sliding all over," Joe Toscano said.

In Derry Township, a small bus lost control and overturned on Strawcutter Road around 7:45 a.m.

One student was on board the bus at the time of the crash. The driver was taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for undisclosed injuries. It was not clear if the student was hurt. 

Severe Weather Team meteorologist Scott Harbaugh said the air temperature may be well above freezing, but surface temperatures are not -- which is why the roads are freezing over as the snow melts.

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No serious injuries were reported.