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Wintry precipitation causes icy roads, several crashes

February 28, 2019

AMBLER, Pa. (AP) — Wintry precipitation has caused icy roads that are being blamed for numerous crashes on a major eastern Pennsylvania highway.

Route 309 was shut down in both directions for a few hours early Thursday in Montgomery County, following the crashes that occurred around 5 a.m. in Ambler. A mix of light snow, rain and freezing rain fell in the area overnight, causing what officials called a “flash freeze.”

Authorities say a spin-out crash occurred on the southbound side of the highway, followed soon after by a multivehicle collision in the northbound lanes. Other accidents were also reported, and authorities say at least 20 vehicles overall were involved in the crashes,

At least one person was injured and another was reportedly ejected from their vehicle, but no serious injuries were reported.