Fatal accident occurs in Union Townshipumerous accidents occur in Bradford County in rainy, slushy weather
Rain, snow and slush set the stage for numerous accidents on Sunday in the Bradford County area, including a fatal crash in Union Township, Tioga County.
The fatal accident occurred when Sandra L. Passeri of Roaring Branch, who was traveling south on state Route 14, came out of a right-hand curve in the roadway and lost control of her vehicle, which struck a rollback truck that was along the west berm of the roadway, state police said.
Apparently, Passeri "saw the rollback truck, hit the brakes, and lost control (of her vehicle), which slid into the back of the roll-back truck," said J. Scott May, chief of the Canton Fire Company.
At the time of the impact, the rollback truck was located partially in the southbound lane and partially on the right shoulder of the roadway, May said.
The rollback truck, which had just loaded up a vehicle from an unrelated accident, was unoccupied at the time of the crash, state police at Mansfield said.
Passeri, 67, was pronounced dead at the scene by Tioga County Coroner Jim Daugherty, police said.
Passeri's two passengers, 46-year-old Mary M. Baker and 23-year-old John R. Passeri, both of Roaring Branch, were believed to have minor injuries, May said. Baker and John Passeri were transported to Williamsport Regional Medical Center, he said.
The roadway was covered with snow and slush at the location of the fatal accident, which occurred at 11 a.m., police said.
The fatal accident occurred four miles from the Bradford County line.
A Bradford County 911 dispatcher said Sunday evening that there were numerous accidents in Bradford County itself on Sunday, but said he didn't think any of them were serious.
One of those accidents occurred at approximately 3 p.m. in Windham Township, when a sedan that was traveling north on state Route 187 crossed the southbound lane and struck a wood utility pole, breaking the pole in two near its base, said Dan Philhower, chief of the Windham Fire Company.
The two occupants of the sedan were transported to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, said Philhower, who added that he didn't think either of them were seriously injured.
The roadway had slush on it and was slippery at the time of the crash, he said. The sedan sustained moderate damage, mostly to its passenger side, he said.
Philhower said he was surprised the utility pole didn't topple over. The pole was held up by utility lines, he said.
He said that while the pole was used by Penelec, he did not think that any power outage occurred. There were "no lines down," he said.
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