• Snow-covered roads lead to dangerous driving conditions Tuesday; Several accidents reported


    BUTLER COUNTY, Pa. - Snow-covered roads throughout the Channel 11 viewing area led to many accidents Tuesday morning.

    In Butler County, a portion of Interstate 79 was shut down while crews worked to clear an accident.

    Channel 11’s Trisha Pitman reported that the southbound lanes of I-79 between Zelienople and Evans City were closed as of 8:30 a.m.

    Traffic was being diverted off of Interstate 79 at the Zelienople Exit.

    It was not immediately clear how many cars were involved in the crash and if any injuries were reported. The road has since reopened.

    On the Parkway West, inbound lanes were at a standstill near the Carnegie Exit after three accidents in the area.

    Channel 11’s Jennifer Tomazic reported that a woman rolled her car, but was unharmed.

    “I was driving and all of a sudden my wheel went and I had no control. The next thing I knew, I was upside down and trying to climb out a window,” Marissa Comport said.

    Comport told Tomazic she was going about 30 mph and she thinks she hit a piece of ice.

    “I put my hand on my doggie and just braced myself, kind of,” Comport said. “She’s a little shaken up. Thank God she’s OK.”

    Two other accidents happened shortly after the first incident.

    A total of five cars were involved in the crashes, but no injuries were reported. 

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