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2 Serious Accidents at Graffiti Highway Over the Weekend

The beautiful weekend weather brought out coal region thrill seekers.

But it ended in serious injuries for at least two people on the famed Graffiti Highway near Centralia.

Graffiti Highway ATV Accidents: April 6-7, 2019

Aristes Fire Dept. reports a pair of off-road vehicle accidents in less than 24 hours.

The most recent was Sunday afternoon along Graffiti Highway. It involved anATV.

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You can see by the pictures below, the ATV driver is lucky to be alive. Emergency personnel report the driver did suffer serious injuries.

graffiti highway atv accident

Photo: Aristes Fire Dept./Facebook

graffiti highway atv accident

Photo: Aristes Fire Dept./Facebook

On Saturday, Aristes Fire reported a motorcycle accident on Graffiti Highway. The rider suffered a lower leg industry. Emergency personnel took them to a local trauma center for treatment.

Graffiti Highway Looky-loos

Sadly, this may be the first in a string of similar incidents now.

It seems Spring is finally here. So, more people are going to be coming to Graffiti Highway on a daily basis, especially on the weekends.

If you’re not familiar with Graffiti Highway, it’s a stretch of Route 61 in Columbia County that was closed in 1993 due to recurring damage caused by the Centralia underground fire.

It had been under PennDOT control until early last year. Now, it’s controlled by the landowners and the “No Tresspassing” signs are rarely enforced. However, at Saturday’s motorcycle accident on Graffiti Highway, Pennsylvania State Police did assist at the scene.

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This draws tens of thousands of people a year. And really, it’s just an abandoned stretch of highway. It earned the name, of course, from the countless graffiti tags that now cover it.

If you want to go, you’re encouraged to be very careful.

Aristes fire officials say, “If you are going to go to that area please use caution and be responsible in your actions. That goes for walkers, runners, bicyclist, dirt bike and ATV riders and anyone else who may venture out to that area.

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