TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR SEPTEMBER 13TH, 2021

Police in Beaver County are investigating after a train and a semi-truck collided. The crash happened in Franklin Township near the intersection of Rt. 288 and Rt. 65. According to KDKA-TV the driver was checked out by responding crews at the scene. Fire crews were called in to clean a fuel spill on the tracks. The condition of the driver of the truck is unknown at this time.

Students at Beaver Area High School and Dutch Ridge Elementary are moving to remote learning today due to COVID-19.  The District alerted families yesterday, saying the move is due to rising COVID-19 cases among students and staff.  Officials say 60 students and seven staffers have tested positive for the virus over the past two weeks.  Both schools are expected to return to in-classroom instruction on Monday, September 20th.

One person was taken to the hospital following a two vehicle accident in Wilmington Township on Saturday. According to State Police 61 year old Dean Gillespie of Polk pulled from the intersection of Route 208 and Old Mercer Road into the path of a vehicle operated by 22 year old Reilly Hunt of Volant. Gillespie, who was cited, was taken to Passavant Hospital in Cranberry for treatment. No other injuries were reported.

COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise throughout the state. Since Friday, the state added over 14-thousand new cases to the state total, pushing it over one-million-347-thousand. About 68 new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll, which is at 28-thousand-566.

Federal funds and services are on the way to help Pennsylvanians impacted by the remnants of Hurricane Ida. On Friday, Governor Tom Wolf announced that President Biden approved of his request for a major disaster declaration for the state, saying he’s grateful that the president responded swiftly. Wolf added that Pennsylvanians will now have opportunities to receive financial assistance, which will go a long way toward replacing and restoring their property. Eligible Pennsylvanians and households can receive help through the Individual Assistance program and impacted communities through the Hazard Mitigation Grant.

Amtrak is planning to expand its services across Pennsylvania. Amtrak is proposing new routes throughout northeast Pennsylvania along with expanding the Pennsylvania line to Cleveland and offering two round trips per day. Governor Tom Wolf says we have an opportunity before us to build a transportation system that actually meets the needs of the 21st century. Amtrak leaders say the funding for these projects would come from the infrastructure bill currently sitting in Congress and could take three years to complete once it’s funded.

Firefighters from departments in Beaver and Lawrence counties are raising money to help a longtime chief diagnosed with cancer.  On Sunday, a fundraiser was held to help with expenses for former New Beaver Borough Fire Chief Kevin Peters, who is battling pancreatic cancer that has since spread to his liver.  Organizers held a spaghetti dinner and raffles to help raise money.  Peters served the New Beaver Department for 30 years, including more than two decades as Chief.

Organizers say the rescheduled St. Patrick’s Day parade planned in Pittsburgh is still moving forward.  On Sunday, the parade committee for the Irish Society for Education and Charity said they were committed to holding the event this weekend.  The downtown parade was postponed last March due to COVID-19 and is set to take place at 10 a.m. on September 18th.  Participants and attendees are asked to take proper precautions by wearing masks and trying to social distance where possible.

A Butler man faces charges following a one vehicle accident in Summit Township. State Police report 27 year old James Ealy was eastbound on Old Route 422 when he traveled off the roadway and struck a curb. Ealy who was taken to Butler Memorial Hospital for treatment was charged with DUI.