Fayetteville first responders: Crash sent one to trauma center

A two-vehicle crash on Black Gap Road this morning sent one of the drivers to a regional trauma center. The extent of the driver’s injuries is currently unknown.

First Responders from Fayetteville Volunteer Fire Department rushed to the 10:20 a.m. crash scene, finding the lone occupant of an SUV trapped inside. Rescuers quickly removed a door to free the individual; who was treated by medics and taken to Chambersburg Hospital to be flown to a trauma center.

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First responders removed a door on this SUV to rescue a trapped motorist. Photo courtesy FVFD,

Pennsylvania State Police are investigating the crash. A news release is pending completion of that investigation.

Meanwhile, crash details are sketchy. Early reports indicate the SUV was hit by a tractor-trailer rig on Black Gap at Byers Road. The crash heavily damaged the SUV and caused a fuel leak in the tractor-trailer. First responders turned their attention to the fuel leak after freeing the SUV occupant.

State and municipality snowplows cleared most local roads early today. That doesn’t mean driving conditions are normal, however. Motorists need to slow down and watch for slick, icy patches, National Weather Service meteorologists in State college warn.

“Be mindful of slippery, snow-covered roads today,” they warn. “Plowed roads + ❄light/fluffy snow + 🌬gusty winds = ⛸slick conditions. Take it slow in ice and snow!”

Coming: Roads could remain slick

NWS is calling for mostly sunny skies, with a high near 27 today. Expect a west wind of14 to 16 miles per hour, with gusts as high as 33 mph. The next few days could bring more bad weather, according to NWS. Tonight is expected to be mostly clear, with a low around 12 and west wind 5 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Saturday will see sunny skies, with a high near 31 and a calm wind becoming south 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon.

Saturday night brings a chance of freezing rain and sleet, mainly after 5 a.m. The chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch are possible.

Freezing rain and sleet likely before 10 a.m. Sunday, then rain or freezing rain is likely between 10 and 11 a.m., with the day’s high near 39. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Rain and snow are likely Sunday night before 1 a.m., then a slight chance of snow between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m.

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[Crash scene photos courtesy Fayetteville Volunteer Fire Company]