Ice causes crashes across Alle-Kiski Valley |
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Ice causes crashes across Alle-Kiski Valley

Chuck Biedka
Chuck Biedka | Tribune-Review
Traffic backs up along the downhill slope of South Leechburg Hill in Allegheny Township on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019 during the rush hour because of a crash. Police said ice caused a vehicle to go off the road across from West Leechburg Hill Road.cq The road was limited to one-lane traffic for about 25 minutes until the car was removed.
Chuck Biedka | Tribune-Review
This car skidded on ice and careened off the side of South Leechburg Hill at about 5:40 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, police said. The driver declined medical treatment.

Ice on a sunny, but cold afternoon apparently caused two accidents within 20 minutes in the Alle-Kiski Valley and numerous others across the region.

An Apollo man was driving down a small car down South Leechburg Hill in Allegheny Township at about 5:40 p.m. when he hit a patch of ice from runoff from the steep hillside.

“All of a sudden, I was sliding,” said Michael Smart, 43, of Old State Road, Kiski Township.

The Dodge Caliber he was driving missed a drainage pipe fed by a stream-like runoff that cascaded down the hillside.

It also stopped mere feet short of a raised, steel grating installed to protect a large stormwater drain.

It came to a stop on its passenger side across from West Leechburg Hill Road on the side of the heavily used South Leechburg Hill during rush hour.

Smart said he was able to climb out of the sideways car.

“Yeah, it was a nice car — it’s my mother-in-law’s,” he said. “I was delivering back to her.”

Smart wound up with a bump on his head, but he declined medical treatment, said Allegheny Township police Officer Todd Veselicky.

“It was the runoff on the road,” the officer said. A PennDOT salt truck arrived at about 6:15 p.m.

Ice was also blamed for a crash that caused a SUV to overturn on the top of Hancock Avenue near the Vandergrift Cemetery at about 5:20.

Vandergrift police are investigating.

Chuck Biedka is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chuck at 724-226-4711, [email protected] or via Twitter @ChuckBiedka.