Slick roads play part in local crashes

Police said a 17-year-old high school student from Clarendon lost control of his truck, crossed over the center lane and slid into a bus at about 8 a.m. on Rt. 6 in Weldbank Thursday morning.

State Police attributed the accident to icy road conditions and said the 17-year-old driver will be cited with meeting vehicle proceeding in the opposite direction and restraint systems.

The student and the driver of the bus, which was empty, sustained minor injuries and were not transported to the hospital. Both vehicles had to be towed from the scene.

State police said “we probably would have a fatality on our hands” if somebody was in the passenger seat of the truck.

Two other accidents in Warren were attributed to inclement weather by law enforcement officials.

Pennsylvania State Police also reported that Anthony R. Klancher, 66 of Tidioute was driving a 2008 Ford F-150 north on Rt. 337 in whiteout conditions when he traveled off the west edge of the roadway and over a small embankment striking a utility poll. The truck then traveled across the road and struck a tree on the passenger front end. Klancher was not injured and no citations were issued due to hazardous and limited visibility at the time of the crash.

Conewango Township Police said Dennis Schmader of Warren was traveling north on Rt. 62 and exiting onto State Street at 8:45 a.m. when he lost control of his vehicle on the snow covered road. Schmader struck several street signs and a stone in front of Big Joe’s. He was not injured but the vehicle had to be towed from the scene.