Snow and freezing temperatures overnight caused a slippery commute Monday morning, with mostly minor crashes piling up across the region.
A three-vehicle crash tied up Pittsburgh traffic at Sixth and Centre avenues Downtown. A fire engine responding shortly after slid into another vehicle at the intersection, according to emergency dispatchers. No major injuries were reported in those incidents.
Allegheny County 911 dispatchers called it a busy morning. Most crashes have been minor, they said — vehicles sliding into parked vehicles or into intersections.
The conditions followed a night marked by dropping temperatures, when side streets became icy and dispatchers received a slew of calls for cars into utility poles, over banks and unable to go up or down hills.
In Jefferson Hills, the icy roads caused a chain reaction accident involving multiple cars and a Port Authority bus.
No major injuries were reported.
Police and emergency vehicles experienced difficulties as well.
Numerous streets were blocked off so vehicles would not attempt to go up or down.
City salt trucks were making rounds, according to the city’s plow tracker website, but in many areas the roads remained a sheet of ice, and police continued to call for salt trucks into the midnight hour.