Accidents keep PA State Police busy over snowy weekend

by Geoff Fox

Pennsylvania State Police were busy with accidents last weekend, responding to numerous accidents across Fulton County.

Police responded to an accident on Interstate 70 just after 4 a.m. on Saturday, March 2, north of Warfordsburg.

According to police, Posheng Wu, 21, of State College, was driving his 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC east on the interstate in the passing lane when he lost control and struck a traffic sign at the intersection of the I-70 Exit 163 ramp.

The vehicle continued off the right shoulder of the roadway where it struck the deer fence, police said, and continued rolling over before coming to a final rest facing northeast.

The vehicle sustained disabling damage, police said.

Wu received minor injuries and refused medical treatment. His female passenger was not injured. Both people were wearing their seatbelts, police said.

Needmore Fire, EMS, and Painters Towing assisted police at the scene.

Snow causes wrecks

Snowy conditions caused three wrecks along Interstate 70 on Sunday, March 3 between Crystal Springs and Warfordsburg.

The first accident occurred just after 3 p.m. Sunday in Warfordsburg when a 2014 Hyundai was traveling eastbound in the left lane and a 2012 Volvo was in the right lane of the interstate. Police did not identify the model of the vehicles.

As both vehicles were traveling east, the Hyundai lost control due to the snow covered road and struck the Volvo in the rear driver’s side tire.

The Hyundai then traveled off the left lane and came to rest in the median. The Volvo came to rest along the right lane berm of the interstate.

Police said the Hyundai sustained moderate damage but remained drivable upon being removed from the median while the Volvo sustained a flat tire and remained drivable upon repair of the tire by roadside assistance.

Both drivers told police they were traveling approximately 45 miles per hour, wearing their seatbelts, and not injured.

Fischer’s Towing removed the Hyundai from the median while the trucking company repaired the Volvo.

The driver of the Hyundai was cited as a result of the crash.

Police also responded to an accident in the Crystal Springs area of Interstate 70 at 4:30 p.m. when an Ellicott City woman was driving too fast for conditions.

According to police, Naomi Weller, 50, was driving her 2015 Honda Odyssey east in the left lane of Interstate 70 and driving too fast for the winter storm conditions, lost control of the vehicle on the snow covered road as the vehicle drifted into a snow/slush accumulation outside the travel path within the lane.

Police said the vehicle slid across the north shoulder and struck the embankment along the shoulder and subsequently rolled over several times coming to rest on its roof in the right lane.

Weller, who was wearing her seatbelt, was transported by Needmore EMS to War Memorial Hospital with unknown injuries. She was not cited or charged.

Needmore Fire, Needmore EMS, and Fischer’s Garage assisted police.

A third accident occurred on Sunday, just after 4:30 p.m. on Interstate 70 as an unnamed female driver was traveling east in the right lane in her 2015 Kia and lost control of the vehicle due to the snow and slush on the roadway.

The vehicle then traveled off the south side of the roadway, striking an embankment along the right side of the interstate.

The vehicle then continued back onto the shoulder of the roadway facing east along the right side of the road.

Police said the Kia sustained minimal damage to the front tire.

The driver told police she was driving approximately 45 miles per hour and was wearing her seatbelt.

Police said the driver was cited as a result of the crash.

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