NEW CASTLE —
A light, but steady snowfall was taking its toll on Lawrence County as a storm struck Tuesday.
The weather challenged motorists as well as emergency responders contending with a series of accidents.
Multiple injuries were reported in an almost constant string of accidents throughout the county Tuesday. And in one instance, a child was injured when hit by a vehicle in North Beaver Township.
Also, a school bus was reported over an embankment along Portersville Road in Perry Township. No information was available at press time regarding details of that accident.
Although it could not be confirmed whether these accidents were weather related, they occurred at 4 p.m. and 4:20 p.m. respectively, as emergency personnel were dealing with crashes throughout the county, apparently caused by slick roads.
The child was hit by a vehicle on Columbiana Road near Smalls Ferry Road and an ambulance was summoned.
Snow began to fall in the county late Tuesday morning. At the time, precipitation was light and temperatures hovered at or just above freezing.
However, in the afternoon, the snowfall became heavier and the accidents began. Most were outside the city of New Castle, where road surface temperatures were slightly lower.
Frequently, the accidents caused police to close roads temporarily and reroute traffic in an effort to avoid additional problems. Later into the evening, sections of roads were being closed because of hazardous conditions, particularly on hills.