Crash closes eastbound lane of Route 724 in Union Twp.

This red Jeep overturned along Route 724 in Union Township Tuesday morning, Feb. 18, 2014. (Photo by Caroline Sweeney/The Mercury)

UNION TWP. — A mother and her two children are “doing okay” after the SUV they were in left the road Tuesday morning and turned over in the snowy shoulder.

According to Paul Ponis, of Kulptown, his daughter Jenifer Ponis, her 2-year-old and her 4-year-old were doing okay after their red Jeep Compass came to a stop on the driver’s side. The Jeep stopped facing east on the north shoulder of the westbound lane of Route 724 near Gear Jammers Saloon.

Ponis said his daughter and his grandchildren were out of the SUV when police arrived, but he could not say how they got out.

“I think they got out through the back,” Ponis said.

There were large holes in the snow surrounding the car, but it is unclear at this time how the Jeep turned over. The car was mostly intact, except for the driver’s side tire which was bent in. The lights were flashing and the windshield wipers were still working as a tow truck operator pulled the car upright.

For Ponis, any damage to the car did not matter.

“Cars are a dime a dozen,” he said.

While Pennsylvania State Police investigated the crash, the eastbound lane of Route 724 was closed. Both directions of traffic had to use the westbound lane.

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