Woman in Rollover Crash Blames Inaction of City Officials, Water Utility

By Smeltz, Adam | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA), January 22, 2018 | Go to article overview

Woman in Rollover Crash Blames Inaction of City Officials, Water Utility


Smeltz, Adam, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)


Facing a months-long recovery, the woman hurt in a rollover wreck Thursday on Mount Washington scolded the City of Pittsburgh and a local water utility over the icy conditions where she crashed.

"If they would have just put a barricade up, if they had shut the water off, if they had done anything, this would have been preventable," Kellee Masucci, 30, of Mount Washington, said Sunday evening.

Other residents say they alerted the city to poor road conditions on Woodruff Street - where her 2017 Jeep Cherokee rolled three times - many hours before the single-vehicle crash that occurred around 11:30 p.m., Ms. Masucci said. Ice that developed from a water main break in the 300 block is thought to have caused the wreck, according to the city Department of Public Safety.

Spokesmen for the city and the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority did not elaborate beyond written statements they issued Friday. PWSA, which tackled pipe repairs Friday on Woodruff, has said it's investigating its response to the break.

The city has said a public works crew salted the steep road between 8 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday, at PWSA's request. It remains unclear why Woodruff, which was closed Friday, wasn't shut down sooner.

Ms. Masucci suffered arm and shoulder injuries, landing her in UPMC Mercy, Uptown, for more than two days. …

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