In 1960, the Observer-Tribune announced that the worst snow storm had hit the area in years, dropping 22 inches of snow. Adding insult to injury, the temperatures dropped into the 10 degrees zone. Schools and businesses closed, and some area students were stuck at Morristown High School for seven hours, awaiting a bus. There were several car accidents, as one might expect.
1961 was a banner year for car wrecks in Chester. A 12-car pile up occurred at the top of Lu Shann Hill on Route 206. A snowstorm was blamed for the initial head on collision. Other cars slammed into the first two, and in an effort to avoid the growing wreck, one driver hit a guard rail. First Aid Squad member Stephen Estason of Main Street was hit on the side of his car on the way to answer the call to duty.
Four major car accidents occurred in the Chester Township area in 1961. In the first, five people were hurt when two cars collided on Ralston Road. Blowing snow blocked the vision of one driver who was then unable to see the oncoming car. Another car hit a telephone pole on Rt. 24, and a third driver lost control on North Road and was struck by a second car. The fourth accident occurred when a car struck a snow plow. Source: Observer-Tribune