2011-11-03 / Front Page

Rare October Snow Surprises County

Numerous traffic accidents reported in Saturday storm
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

Even though the official start of winter isn’t for another eight weeks, Fulton County encountered its very first snowfall of the year this weekend.

Having heard weather predictions for Saturday, October 29, residents scrambled to find their snow shovels, salt and stocked their shelves and refrigerators in preparation for the forecast that ran the gamut from five to 15 inches. True to the word of forecasters, residents awakened Saturday morning to find several areas of the county already blanketed in several inches of heavy, wet snow.

Emergency officials and local power crews remained busy throughout the day answering calls for downed trees, power outtages and motor vehicle accidents.

Pennsylvania State Police from the McConnellsburg barracks were among those on local roadways responding to distress calls.

According to reports, troopers responded to a single-vehicle accident along Interstate 70 Saturday morning involving a driver from Sykesville, Md. Forty-nine-yearold Edward J. Malinoski was travelling westbound through Brush Creek Township at an estimated speed of 55 miles per hour when he lost control of his 2004 Suzuki Grand Vitara. The vehicle became disabled after traveling into an embankment along the northern berm at 8:47 a.m.

Malinoski was wearing a seat belt and escaped harm. He will be cited by state police for driving too fast for roadway conditions.

Meanwhile, at noon in Dublin Township, a 17-year-old boy from Lewistown lost control of his northbound 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier while rounding a left-hand curve on the snow-covered roadmaking way. State police said the car slid off Great Cove Road and travelled down an embankment before crashing into a tree and rolling over.

The teen driver escaped harm and was using a seat belt, police added.

A short time later at 12:34 p.m., state troopers were dispatched to a single-vehicle crash involving two Needmore Volunteer Fire Co. members who were responding to an accident along Interstate 70 when they hit a tree.

Twenty-one-year-old William R. Messerly, of Warfordsburg, was heading west on Flickerville Road when he lost control of his 1985 Chevrolet S-10 truck. The truck travelled onto the southern berm through the parking lot of Bedford Chapel Church and into a tree.

William Messerly and passenger Howard R. Messerly Jr., 25, of Chambersburg, were not wearing seat belts at the time of the Bethel Township accident. Fellow fire company officials reported the brothers were transported to Meritus in Hagerstown for treatment of injuries ranging from moderate to major.

Howard Messerly Jr. has been treated and released, while William Messerly is expected to remain in the hospital for at least a week, fire company members added.

William Messerly is expected to be cited by state police for driving too fast for roadway conditions.

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