Local News 10/14/22

News For Friday October 14, 2022

A Pittsburgh woman was killed Monday night after state police said she was hit three times by vehicles when she tried to cross a Bedford County highway.

According to WTAJ-TV reports police say it was around 10:30pm  when 37-year-old Ranae Banks, was along the Route 30 (Lincoln Highway) overpass, in West Providence Township, and tried to cross the roadway.

Police said that when Banks was in the left lane, she was hit by a tractor-trailer that was traveling west. After the impact, Banks was then hit by two more vehicles that were also traveling west in the left lane. According to the release, Banks was pronounced dead at the scene. The occupants in the other vehicles were uninjured.

A national transportation research group rates Pennsylvania’s rural roads and bridges among the worst in the country.  A report released this week by TRIP ranks the Keystone State at number 13 for having the most deteriorated infrastructure.  The report evaluated the condition of the bridges and their safety and found that 15-percent of rural bridges and about 18-percent of rural roads in the state are in poor condition.  The report indicates that traffic deaths on the state’s rural roads is about double the rate on all other roads.

The Hollidaysburg Borough Council appointed Christopher Storm as the borough’s chief of police Thursday evening.  The Altoona Mirror reports  Mayor Joe Dodson administering the oath of office, ending a yearlong search to fill the position.

Storm is a Penn State graduate and worked as  police officer in Hollidaysburg before going to the PA State Police Academy where he rose to the rank of Major.

The council had advertised for a police chief since the retirement of Chief Rodney Estep Jr. in October 2021.

President Joe Biden is planning another visit to Pennsylvania this month.  White House officials say the president is stopping in Pittsburgh on October 20th.  He was last in the area on Labor Day to address attendees with the United Steelworkers.  Further details of the visit have not yet been released.  He is also slated to appear at a John Fetterman fundraiser in Philadelphia. The Heinz History Center is helping mark the 50th anniversary of one of the most notable plays in pro football.  Beginning November ninth, Steelers fans can see images and artifacts connected to “The Immaculate Reception.”  Much of the exhibit will focus on the man who hauled in the miracle catch, former fullback Franco Harris.  The display will also feature the ball used in the play, on l