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Head-on crash in Lackawanna County closes road

Route 171 between Vandling and Simpson was the scene of the wreck on Wednesday morning.

SIMPSON, Pa. — A dusting of snow was all it took for first responders to get called for two separate wrecks in Lackawanna County.

A two-vehicle crash happened on Route 171 near Simpson around 10 a.m.

Crews say the road was icy when the SUVs collided. Route 171 was closed while crews worked to free one of the drivers. She was taken to the hospital.

Around the same time, another crash happened on Route 6 outside Carbondale. a pickup truck headed toward Waymart ended up off and road and in a ditch. First responders say the driver was trying to slow down and put the truck into four-wheel drive when the crash happened.

The driver was able to get out with minor scratches and did not have to be taken to the hospital.

Drivers we spoke with say that slippery roads are dangerous, whether it's a dusting or several inches of snow.

"With the colder air, of course, yeah, it's going to turn to ice if the roads are wet. I mean, it's common sense, of course, it's going to turn to ice, so you should be more careful," said John Krafchick.

"You've got to take it easy when it snows, you know, it's wintertime and when there's ice when there's black ice," George Timko said.

Fortunately, the weather hasn't been that bad, and it hasn't caused as many weather-related crashes. People we spoke with are thankful for this mild forecast.

"I'm happy, so not too bad, you know? Yeah, I don't mind the snow," Timko added.

"I do like to ski, though, so it's kind of like a double-edged sword. You kind of want it, but you don't want it," Keith Atkinson said.

PennDOT was out on Wednesday morning treating the roads in the areas where roads were slick.

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