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Accident will not hamper use of Great Allegheny Passage in Waterfront

A vehicle accident that occurred early Saturday morning along the Great Allegheny Passage in the Waterfront isn't expected to have any bearing on trail quality or usage, though the incident left behind some cosmetic traces.

The Steel Valley Trail Council's Robert MacGregor said anyone who visits the section of trail near its share-the-road merge point along East Waterfront Drive will see skid marks and torn up grass because of an accident that happened about 3 a.m. Saturday.

It was then that local officials say a vehicle with three occupants veered from the road onto the bike trail before going over a hillside toward the Monongahela River.

“There's no damage to the asphalt trail,” said MacGregor. “On the other side of the trail you can see the soil's all torn up.”

MacGregor said there is a path left in the brush from where the car went over the hillside toward the river. The disturbed soil alongside the trail, he said, likely resulted when fire crews brought in heavy equipment to rescue the accident victims and retrieve the car.

Munhall police Chief Pat Campbell said Monday there is no word yet on whether charges will be filed in the matter, which remains under investigation.

“The car was going too fast from what I surmise and couldn't negotiate the bend,” Campbell said.

MacGregor said the area along the trail probably needs some work but he didn't know if the trail council would be the organization to do it, noting some of the affected property lies beyond the easement granted for the trail.

Still, given that there were no serious injuries related to the accident and no actual damage to the trail, he said, “We're very fortunate.”

• SVTC is preparing for its second annual bicycle tour on April 25. The rain-or-shine event begins and ends at Mitchell's Fish Market in the Waterfront and costs $20 for those who register before April 18 and $30 for those who register later. Tour distances are 16 or 26 miles and include refreshment stops in McKeesport and Clairton. Registration forms are available on the SVTC website.

• The Appalachian Bicycle Racing Association's third annual McKeesport Grand Prix bicycle race is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 25 in the Renziehausen Park and Eden Park area. Registration for this event will remain open through April 23 and is $30 in advance and $40 on race day. There will be six races total including a free race for children. The main event begins at 12:45 p.m. For more information, visit www.abraracing.com or call 412-378-8282.

• The Trail Town Program hosts its annual Spring Summit from 1:30-4:30 p.m. April 27 at VooDoo Brewery in Homestead. The non-profit support organization for towns and businesses along the trail will be discussing topics that include group tours, packaging and networking. The cost is $5 and reservations are requested by April 24 by calling 724-216-9160, ext. 316.

• McKeesport Trail Commission is sponsoring Strut Your Mutt 2 for the benefit of the McKeesport trail and the White Oak Animal Safe Haven at 10 a.m. May 3 at the Loop trail behind Puzzlers Restaurant. For more information, send e-mails to [email protected].

Eric Slagle is a Trib Total Media staffer. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1966, or [email protected].


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