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Stranded residents share stories from the snowy road

Published November 17. 2018 10:53AM

Thursday’s storm wasn’t a surprise but residents certainly didn’t expect to sit in traffic on snow covered roads for hours.

Randy Kuntz of Lehighton described his long, drawn-out ride home from work:

“I texted my wife at 4, I work down on Lehigh Street, it was a mess, Route 78 bunch of cars already spread out, cars that shouldn’t even be on the road, actually.”

He turned onto Route 309. “That became a parking lot,” he said.

In all the one-hour commute home took five hours. total, normally 45 minutes to an hour, frustration “Cars were stuck in a ditch, tractor trailers,” Kuntz said.

“That was a fast-moving storm, you weren’t stopping that. 78 was an absolute mess, it caught everybody by surprise.”

He said many people shouldn’t have been out on the road,

“It was like follow the leader,” Kuntz said.

Leslie Pope of Kunkletown said her 45-minute commute and it took 2 1/2 hrs.

She was but 4 miles from home when she came across a crash at Kunkletown and Bearpath Road.

It was a jackknifed tractor-trailer and dump truck collision.

After waiting for a long while she was told to find a different route, the road was blocked and even the EMS had to walk down the slippery road.

She then turned around only to be greeted by another crash, cutting off the way she came in.

Driving back to the first site, she met a kind local lady who helped her maneuver a few treacherous roads and she made it home safely.

“I do have to say everyone I dealt with Thursday, first responders, paramedics etc. were just concerned about me being safe and not getting hit, a far cry from what some people had to deal with,” Pope said.

It should not be forgotten by anyone that this storm was relatively minor in terms of snowfall amounts. 4 to maybe 8 inches depending on the location. I think it is quite possible that we are in for a long winter.

What will happen if a 12 to 20 inch storm hits? It's not like this is an unusual amount of snow but it appears that we have gone backwards with respect to how we handle snow storms.
I agree! There needs to be a full investigation, and that starts with transparency. We need to stop allowing crooked Penndot to (1) blame the victims (2) stop the propaganda about how "fast-moving " the storm was. The storm was lengthy and slow moving. This was a well-publicized event with a very limited amount of snowfall that Never should have crippled our State (3) We need to shut down the fake news stories that other states experienced these same problems. This tactic of dispersing the blame is disingenuous. Call in the Auditor General to review what PennDot did with our snow-plowing dollars. Demand Wolf takes appropriate steps to prevent a repeat of this disaster. Demand a full investigation. Demand a new Executive Director if this one can't manage a 7 inch snow event!

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