Gov. Wolf announces emergency proclamation, travel restrictions ahead of winter storm

Tabitha Dunn
March 19, 2017

Gov. Tom Wolf signed a Proclamation of Disaster Emergency for Pennsylvania on Monday due to the snowstorm.

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation teamed with Lehigh Valley Hospital-Pocono Tuesday morning to transport a young child in need of medical care - in the midst of a blizzard.

PennDOT plow drivers, state troopers and Pennsylvania guardsmen escorted an ambulance with a 23-month-old child in need of a heart transplant from East Stroudsburg to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville during a winter storm on March 14, 2017.

The convoy left LVHN Pocono at approximately 10:15 a.m., according to Brown. State Police posted about the cooperative operation on their Facebook page.

Pennsylvania has lifted the vehicle and 45 miles per hour speed restrictions on several interstate highways and the Pennsylvania Turnpike as the snowstorm begins to taper off in the central part of the state.

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Along with that announcement via a news release Monday, Wolf announced that PennDOT and the Turnpike will restrict speeds on interstates and some large commercial vehicular travel. State police went with the group to make sure they were safe.

National Guard humvees don't typically escort toddlers.

The governor says the child made the trip safely, CBS Philadelphia reports.

"We've done what we can at the commonwealth and we wish the best of luck to doctors at Geisinger for their life-saving work", PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richard during the press conference.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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