Police: Snow squalls caused crash, killed 1

MARTINSBURG – A Martinsburg man was killed Thursday afternoon when he lost control of his car on an icy, snowblown Morrisons Cove road, according to police.

State police said a whiteout had just cleared about 2:15 p.m. on Cross Cove road when Lawrence E. Price II, 52, lost control in the eastbound lane near Cove Lumber.

Police said Price began to slide, apparently while passing in the opposite lane, when a westbound vehicle slammed into his car’s side.

A third car was following Price when it slid on the ice and struck both cars, ultimately pushing Price’s off the road, police said.

Blair County Deputy Coroner Roger Oswald declared Price dead at the scene. No one else was in Price’s car, Coroner Patty Ross said.

Of the other two drivers, at least one was injured, according to state police. Ross said others in the accident were taken to UPMC Altoona; all were in stable condition Thursday evening.

The accident took place a half-mile from Central High School shortly before students left for the day. Ross said none of the drivers involved were students.

Blinding whiteouts struck repeatedly throughout the Cove Thursday afternoon, with high winds blowing snow off farm fields and across roads. Firefighters manning blockades around the crash on Cross Cove Road disappeared in squalls, with drivers sometimes speeding toward their positions before seeing flares.

Traffic was redirected around the scene for much of the afternoon. Cross Cove Road was reopened about 7 p.m. Thursday.

Shortly after the crash, emergency responders gathered around a second, smaller crash along nearby Cove Lane. A small red car, its front end smashed, sat in a residential driveway while firefighters gathered at the house. It was unclear Thursday whether anyone was injured in that crash.