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Cold Weather Blamed For Accidents, Water Main Breaks

WALL (KDKA) – A woman was injured when her car flipped and landed in a creek in Wall Wednesday morning.

According to officials at the scene, the accident happened shortly after 8 a.m. in the 300-block of Wall Avenue.

Officials believe slippery road conditions led to the accident.

The female driver was taken to Forbes Regional Hospital with minor injuries.

Another bitter cold day led to three big water main breaks early this morning.

As a result, it caused some problems on the roads for commuters.

One break sent gallons and gallons of water rushing down Bower Hill Road.

Police immediately blocked off the street between Kenmont Avenue and Marlin Drive.

A total of 12 homes and an apartment building lost service.

Crews with Pennsylvania American Water spent hours on scene making repairs.

"They are wearing layers. We have heaters in our service trucks. We make sure that the shifts, the crews are rotated through so that folks are not out here any longer than they need to be," Josephine Posti with Pennsylvania American Water.

In Banksville, a 6-inch water main broke around 4:15 a.m. on Tropical Avenue.

The gushing water quickly turned into ice.

Service for about 40 customers was disrupted.

Not far away another 6-inch line broke in Brookine on Brookline Boulevard.

The break impacted service for about 80 customers and it also left the street coated in ice.

Even the tires of some parked cars were covered.

This month as a whole has been a challenge for water crews due to a number of breaks throughout the area.

Crews with Pennsylvania American Water have been prioritizing.

"Obviously, with the conditions right now, our workers are only responding to emergency calls. We are not doing any routine calls, things like outdoor meter readings or scheduled service appointments," Posti said.

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