Hayes Road Kersey

A full-sized tractor-trailer, with a heavy load taking a "shortcut" on Hayes Road in Kersey, took out power for several hours on one end of the road in Fox Township.

ELK COUNTY--It was the last thing that the Pennsylvania State Police needed on Friday night. With strong thunderstorms sweeping the area, and small accidents happening everywhere, along with localized flooding, a downed power line with live wires is never a good call to get.
Lyndon M. Nelson, 52, of Youngstown, Ohio, was following the GPS (Global Positioning System) in his truck which was set to find the shortest distance from the Toby Road to SR 948. What the GPS did not tell Nelson was that Hayes Road is a 10 Ton weight-limit road, with some tight turns on the residential street. It is a frequently used road by locals for quick access back and forth to Toby and Kersey, but it is not meant for tractor-trailer trucks. He will be cited for PA Title 75 3111(a) failure to obey a traffic control device and will face costs from West Penn Power and fines from PennDOT.
Thankfully, no one was injured in the accident, and no property other than the power line and the connection to the home on the end of the road was damaged, but these GPS accidents are becoming all too frequent in the area. This has happened several times over the past year on Hayes and Irishtown Town Roads in Fox Township. In Ridgway and Johnsonburg, both Municipal Authorities have had to deal with GPS drivers on the Water Street Extension taking out fire hydrants, and Ridgway Township Office lost their mailboxes this winter when a large tractor-trailer took them out when turning around in the parking lot at the Municipal Authority building on Montmorenci Road Ridgway.
There are several new bills stalled in the state legislature that deal with mandatory updates for Commercial GPS systems used by trucking companies in the Commonwealth, but with so much attention over the past year dealing with the COVID-19 crisis, they are stalled in House and Senate committees and no answers are expected before next year. In the meantime, the Pennsylvania State Police and the local Police forces ask residents to contact them if they notice a greater number of wandering trucks on weight-limited roads than normal so they can seek to address the owners and operators before yet another accident happens. 

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