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Drivers Go Wrong Way to Get Away From Big Rigs Wreck on Blue Route

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    The Blue Route reopened Friday morning after a multi-vehicle crash Thursday night that caused hours of backups. NBC10’s Pam Osborne was near the scene with details. (Published Friday, Sept. 23, 2016)

    A chain-reaction crash involving a truck, tractor-trailer, two SUVs, a minivan and a car closed the Blue Route (Interstate 476) for nearly 6 hours overnight and left two people hurt.

    Police directed drivers stuck behind the wreck around mile-marker 14 in the northbound lanes in Lower Merion, Montgomery County, near County Line Road, to go the wrong way to get off the highway.

    The crash began just after 11:30 p.m. when a Jeep Cherokee hit a guard rail and wound up partially in the right hand lane. A tractor-trailer driver and the driver of a Honda Odyssey pulled over to assist the initial crash victim when a Volvo truck approaching the crash scene rammed into a Hyundai Veloster, which in turn smashed into a Chrysler 200, said Pennsylvania State Police.

    The Chrysler wound up wedged under the big after being pushed about 1/10th of a mile, said police. Crews extracted a woman from the wreckage and medics flew her to Penn Presbyterian Hospital where the 36-year-old was listed in stable condition, expected to survive, said police.

    Another driver, a 19-year-old woman in the Veloster, was also hurt, said police.

    The roadway was closed from Exit 13 (Villanova) to Exit 16B (Conshohocken) until around 5:15 a.m.

    Police expected to charge the truck driver with going too fast, said police.

    The crash that was part of a messy morning on area roads including crashes on Woodhaven Road (Route 63) in Northeast Philadelphia & a crash on Route 42 leading up to the Atlantic City Expressway.