More Than 100 Vehicles Crash in Pileups on PA Turnpike

By Samantha-Rae Tuthill, Staff Writer
February 15, 2014; 8:18 PM ET
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The Pennsylvania Turnpike has reopened after about 100 vehicles were involved in multiple crashes around the Bensalem, Pa., area.

One accident reportedly involves a jack-knifed tractor-trailer and 30 other vehicles. The other may involve as many as 75 vehicles. Both crashes were in the vicinity of the Route 1 exit.

About 30 people were injured, officials said.

Turnpike Commission spokeswoman Renee Colborn told that an official number of involved vehicles has not been tallied yet, but that about 10 vehicles were involved in the initial accident which sparked a chain reaction of pileups.

Pennsylvania State Police are still investigating the cause.

It took about five hours to clean the wreckage.

"There are so many cars that will need to be towed out," Colborn said. "And the bigger trucks involved that will also need to be towed out."

The sky was was mostly sunny and the temperature was 34 degrees in the area. Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said that wintery road conditions could still have been affecting roads.

"Most likely, roads were at least partially snow covered from the burst of snow that fell overnight. Wet and slushy with icy spots," he said.

The snow in the area stopped around 3 a.m. EST Friday. Temperatures were above freezing since the snow ended so the slushy conditions were likely with some icy spots. The dew point was in the middle 20s range, which could have caused some icy areas along with melting.

Vehicles are piled up in an accident Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, in Bensalem, Pa. Traffic accidents involving multiple tractor trailers and dozens of cars have completely blocked one side of the Pennsylvania Turnpike outside Philadelphia and caused some injuries. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)


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