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Dangerous winter weather was felt across the nation on Sunday January 18th, especially in Pennsylvania. Rain quickly froze on roadways in a phenomenon known as “flash freezing” causing deadly crashes involving more than 30 cars on Interstates 76 and 476 in Pennsylvania. Spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Eugene Baulm said, “This is the worst type of winter precipitation to combat, because it can freeze instantly and it doesn’t need to be the whole pavement for vehicles crossing it to have problems,”. Drivers stated that the flash frozen roads are difficult to drive on even for those experienced in driving in inclement northern weather. Despite driving cautiously in the bad weather, it is almost impossible to maintain control of the vehicle. Kaitlyn Maier who grew up in upstate New York and is a seasoned winter driver said, “I’ve driven through snow a lot, and this isn’t like anything I’ve ever driven in.”
Slippery roads were blamed for a Pennsylvania car accident that killed an 88 year old woman who lost control of her car and hit a utility pole.
Freezing rain blanketed the interior of New England while temperatures warmed to the 40’s and 50’s closer to the coast where non freezing rain fell in time for the AFC Championship Game between the Patriots and Indianapolis Colts.
Out west, tens of thousands of Seattle Seahawks fans were unable to watch the NFC title game against the Green Bay Packers because high winds had knocked out power in the area. In Eastern Oregon, law enforcement was able to reopen part of Interstate 84 after 160 miles in the eastbound lanes had been closed due to a very large crash caused by black ice. In Western Oregon, rain fell Sunday and into Monday adding to the 1.8 inches that had fallen on Saturday sending untreated sewage into the Willamette River.
Back east, rainy weather and icy roadways caused accidents from Pennsylvania and northern New Jersey all the way up to southern New Hampshire. The New York State Thruway from Newburgh to New York City was closed due to the dangerous driving conditions and the Metro Transportation Authority warned commuters to be careful of ice on stairways, parking lots and other surfaces.
If you have been injured in a car accident in Pennsylvania that was caused by deadly weather, contact Pennsylvania Car Accident Lawyers today. Our personal injury attorneys know their way around state road laws and can help you to receive a settlement.
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