HUNTINGDON - The driver and passenger of a Jeep Liberty were killed Monday when their vehicle swerved on a slush-covered road and collided with a tractor-trailer, Pennsylvania state police said Monday.
A third passenger, a 4-month-old girl, was taken to Hershey Medical Center for moderate injuries, police said.
Police said the 18-year-old female driver and 25-year-old female passenger, both of Burnt Cabins, Fulton County, were pronounced dead at the scene. Police did not release the names of the individuals but said they were not wearing seat belts.
Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec
Motorists make their way along 13th Avenue late Monday afternoon.
The child was strapped into a child safety seat, police said.
The Jeep was traveling north along Route 522 in Dublin Township when it hit a patch of snow and slush-covered road and swerved into the oncoming tractor-trailer.
The driver of the Peterbilt truck was transported to Fulton County Medical Center with minor injuries, police said.
The investigation is ongoing, police said.
Minor vehicle accidents were reported in Blair and Cambria counties, but roads were mostly clear as of Monday, county 911 officials said.
The area escaped the majority of vehicle accidents and dangerous road conditions that plagued motorists during snowstorms late last week, 911 officials said.
Rainfall is expected as higher temperatures move into the area, National Weather Service officials said Monday.
"Any precipitation will fall as rain," said Aaron Tyburski, NWS meteorologist. "It is going to warm up pretty good overnight."
The area could see temperatures reaching into the low 60s as early as Wednesday, Tyburski said.
While roadways will remain ice free today and Wednesday, colder temperatures on Thursday could bring the return of winter weather, Tyburski said.
A cold front moving through the area on Thursday could blanket the area in lake-effect snow and ice, he said.
Motorists should use caution on area roads as the temperature drops, officials said.
Mirror Staff Writer Zach Geiger is at 946-7535.