Black ice coupled with driving too fast for road conditions is blamed for a crash in which a Waynesboro woman was seriously injured Tuesday morning.
First responders rushed to the crash scene on Wayne Road, arriving just minutes after the 5:47 a.m. crash. Emergency dispatchers reported a victim trapped inside of a vehicle in the 2800 block of Wayne Highway (Route 316) in Guilford Township.
There they found Kelly M. Willard, 30, Waynesboro, trapped in a 2002 Jeep Liberty. Rescue crews from New Franklin and Franklin Fire Companies used the Holmatro – Rescue Tools and Extrication Equipment in the rescue operation. The crews used spreaders, cutters and rams to complete a door and roof removal. They then transitioned into a dash lift to get Willard out of the Jeep.
Willard was traveling north on Wayne Highway (Route 216) at 5:47 a.m. Tuesday when she hit black ice on the roadway and lost control of her Jeep Liberty. The Jeep left the roadway and went through a fence at 2896 Wayne Road, according to Pennsylvania State Police. It then hit a tree and slammed into the front of a house.
The damaged house was still safe for occupancy, according to a source. The Jeep had what police called “all-over damages.”
Fayetteville Volunteer Fire Company ambulance transported Willard to Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown, Md., with serious but non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
Police warn motorists to be cautious and aware black ice can form on wet roads when temperatures drop in the winter.
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[Featured image courtesy Franklin Fire Company]