Road conditions blamed for crashes
Road conditions were blamed for three crashes investigated by state police at Frackville on Monday on Schuylkill County roads.
A one-vehicle crash occurred about 7:31 a.m. along SR54 in Mahanoy Township. Troopers said Arlene M. Leitzel, 64, of Barnesville, was driving a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu when she lost control on the snow-covered road while going up the Vulcan Hill. The car spun clockwise and traveled northwest off the road. The front end made impact with a rock embankment, then traveled southwest across both lanes of travel and came to rest facing north, blocking the eastbound lane.
Leitzel was not injured. She was cited for tire equipment and traction surfaces violation.
The second crash was reported about 2 p.m. along Bowmans Highway in Mahanoy Township. Troopers said Michael A. Klinger, 24, of Mahanoy City, was eastbound operating a 1998 GMC Sierra truck while a 17-year-old male from Mahanoy City was westbound driving a 1993 Buick Roadmaster. The Sierra crossed the center line and the driver's side front struck the front end of the Buick.
After impact both vehicles came to rest on the north berm. Klinger was injured and taken to the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, by Mahanoy City ambulance. The teen and his passenger, Rachael Rudloff, 18, of Mahanoy City, were not injured.
Troopers cited Klinger for driving a vehicle at an (un) safe speed.
The third crash occurred about 3:03 p.m. along East Mahanoy St., near the former White Oak Manor, in Mahanoy Township. Troopers said Ana Guzman, 25, of Mahanoy City, was driving a 2003 Hyundai westbound when she lost control due to ice on the road. The vehicle went onto the north berm where it struck a concrete block.
The vehicle then traveled down a 40-foot embankment toward White Owl Manor and came to rest in a yard of the manor.
Guzman sustained a minor injury, troopers noted. Troopers also said she was cited for traveling on roadways laned for traffic, for not having her 5-year-old child in a car seat, and for not having current vehicle insurance.
Troopers were assisted at the scene by volunteers from the Humane Fire Company, Mahanoy City, and ambulances from Mahanoy City and Shenandoah.