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Snowy roads contribute to Benner Pike crash

A multi-vehicle accident in the 1600 block of Benner Pike left one car on its roof into a utility pool after snow drifts caused slick conditions on Friday, January 30, 2015.
A multi-vehicle accident in the 1600 block of Benner Pike left one car on its roof into a utility pool after snow drifts caused slick conditions on Friday, January 30, 2015. CDT Photo

One person was injured after a multivehicle accident Friday afternoon at the 1600 block of Benner Pike near the Rockview state prison.

Logan Fire Company Deputy Chief Doug Schreffler said four vehicles heading north on Benner Pike slid off the road due to snowy conditions. One truck heading south stopped to help and then got stuck in the snow on the west side of the road.

An SUV overturned against a utility pole, and a person in the vehicle was rescued by fire officials. The vehicle was then towed by Gray’s Towing Service.

“Road maintenance has been clearing the roads all day, but we’re getting a lot of drifting snow in this area and several cars slid off the roadway,” Schreffler said.

A caller reported the accident around 2:15 p.m. Friday, Schreffler said.

Benner Pike was down to one lane for more than two hours as the northbound lane was closed.

Logan and Undine fire companies of Bellefonte responded to the scene with help from Bellefonte and Pleasant Gap EMS, state police at Rockview, and the state Department of Transportation.

Jeff Collins, assistant county maintenance manager at PennDOT, said that with roads that get a lot of drifting snow, maintenance crews will plow the road and put down “more of a stone mix, than salt” to give the roads better traction.

Schreffler is urging drivers to use caution and be aware of whiteout-like conditions on Benner Pike and other roads where wind is blowing the snow from nearby fields across roadways.

On Friday afternoon, two other multivehicle accidents were also reported of people driving off the roadways and sliding into each other due to snow buildup on local roads.

Centre County dispatchers said they had reports of drifting snow on the roadways causing problems for drivers countywide.

Several cars were reported off the road on Fox Hill Road in Patton Township, and General Potter Highway in Potter Township.

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