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Slippery Start To The Morning

LACKAWANNA COUNTY — On this wintry morning, some roads got slick, and many school districts closed, or delayed the start of classes.

A two-car crash on Interstate 380 south, near the split with Interstate 84 outside Dunmore was one of many Tuesday morning.

Greg Guzy of Clarks Summit was late for work.  His car was hit by another and both wound up into the guide rail.

“The roads were just slick and slushy ice, and a fellow lost control and we slid off into the guide rail.”

Guzy is alright.  His car is not.

James Bamert of Pittston is another who didn’t get to work on time.  His trip to Tobyhanna was delayed when his SUV wound up off the road, and into a wooded area.  It happened along Interstate 380 just a few miles from that first crash.

“Some spots were okay, but I could feel myself losing traction quite a bit, first snow of winter.”

Bamert said he went right, left, then right, then left for good, and into the woods until a tow truck could get him out.

The first two crashes we showed you were in the southbound lanes, but there were a lot of icy spots out there this morning.  In the other direction, the highway was snow covered and slippery, and traffic was just crawling along.

PennDOT salted the slick spots, but it was too late for the crash victims.

This was a morning when even walking was a challenge; an icy crust covered a supermarket parking lot in Daleville.

Kenneth Murphy was the shoppers’ best friend.

‘It’s, like, very cold, and very slippery,” he said.

Murphy spread his salt, getting rid of the ice and snow, making the parking lot as safe as possible.

The North Pocono School District was like many here in our area.  It was on a two-hour delay. It was a chance for students, parents and staff to stay home, until crews took care of the icy danger.


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