Pennsylvania Department of Transportation News

Three Highway Workers Injured in I-80 Crash in Pennsylvania

Authorities say three highway workers were struck and injured on an eastern Pennsylvania interstate. Officials said the accident happened Tuesday afternoon in a construction zone where they were patching potholes in the westbound lanes of I-80 in Tobyhanna Township. Pennsylvania …

Pennsylvania Can Be Held Liable for Injuries Caused by Guardrail in Crash

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled that the state’s department of transportation (PennDOT) can be held liable for injuries caused by an allegedly dangerous guardrail on a Pennsylvania highway. The court found that under the state’s Sovereign Immunity Act, exemptions …

Pennsylvania Couple Loses Home in Mudslide

A Pennsylvania couple has lost their home in a mudslide, and they say their insurance company likely won’t cover the damage. Lynn Eash says she was inside her Johnstown, Penn., home when she heard a loud cracking noise. She ran …

Two Charged in Scheme Selling Pennsylvania Driver’s Licenses

An employee at Pennsylvania’s Department of Transportation granted driving privileges to more than 30 people without requiring them to show proper documents or take driving tests under a bribery scheme that netted him nearly $14,000, federal prosecutors said. Prosecutors said …

Appeals Court Allows Suit Against Firm in Pennsylvania Flood Deaths

An appeals court has cleared the way for refiling of a lawsuit against an engineering firm in the deaths of four people killed in flash flooding in Pittsburgh more than five years ago. Judge R. Stanton Wettick Jr. earlier dismissed …

Uber Wants Pennsylvania to Delay Rules for Driverless Cars

Ride-sharing company Uber wants the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to delay policy recommendations that govern the testing of driverless cars. Uber, which has been testing the driverless cars in Pittsburgh for weeks, wants PennDOT to wait for legislation to be …

Pennsylvania Drivers Third Most Likely in U.S. to Have Deer-Related Accidents

Figures compiled by State Farm Insurance show that Pennsylvania drivers are the third most likely of motorists in any state to have a collision with a deer, having a one in 67 chance of a deer-related accident. With this in …

Contractor Lacked Safety Permit Before Pennsylvania Bridge Fire

A contractor didn’t obtain a key safety permit before welding caused plastic pipe and a construction tarp to burn on the Liberty Bridge last month, resulting in a 24-day shutdown of a primary artery into downtown Pittsburgh, the city’s fire …

Training for Penn. Police Aims to Reduce Traffic-Related Deaths

Training showing police ways to reduce the chances of dying in a traffic-related incident included something as simple as buckling up. For 27-year police veteran Scott Slagle, the message provided during a recent training program in Delmont, Pennsylvania, was preaching …

Pittsburgh’s $375K Settlement Offer Leaves Chrysler Alone in Flash-Flood Suit

The city of Pittsburgh’s recent decision to pay $375,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by families of four people killed in flash flooding leaves Chrysler as the remaining defendant. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority, and …