An area man was transported for injuries after a one-vehicle crash Wednesday night in Huntingdon County. Authorities say a 19-year-old unidentified male from Broad Top was the driver of a vehicle that failed to stop at a stop sign on Route 3017 in Wood Township. The auto left the roadway and struck an embankment before overturning several times and coming to rest on its roof. The operator was transported to UPMC Altoona. Alcohol was a factor in the crash.
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed several measures this week to aid economic recovery and benefit Commonwealth residents. Included in the proposed legislation is House Bill 192, which would break down barriers to becoming and remaining a doctor in Pennsylvania. The House also passed bills to help restaurants maximize assets and attain greater cost-savings, and help small businesses stay open during states of emergency. House Bill 63 would increase the number of Pennsylvania vaccine providers. Other legislation would advance justice for victims of childhood sexual abuse, and make Pennsylvania’s roads safer by being tougher on those using wireless interactive devices while driving, and cracking down on repeat DUI offenders.
Road work on Route 22 Business in Mifflin County is set to begin Monday, April 5th. According to PennDOT, crews will be paving between Hoss Drive and Water Street in Lewistown. The contractor will keep two lanes open to traffic whenever possible, however single lane closures with flaggers will be necessary. Drivers are urged to anticipate delays and exercise caution.
A state representative says schools must open to receive state funding. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Stan Saylor (R-York) announced his intentions to require school districts, technical schools, colleges and universities to return to in-person instruction as a condition of receiving state funding. Saylor said many schools in Pennsylvania have worked hard to keep doors open to students while providing a safe learning environment. Unfortunately, too many special interests are fighting to keep other schools closed to in-person instruction. A national study released in December found that K-5 students learned only 67% of the math, and 87% of the reading that grade-level peers would typically have learned by the fall. The study also found that students could lose on average five to nine months of learning by the end of June 2021. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently announced that schools can safely resume in-person instruction with social distancing of three feet.