Turnpike Reopens After 35-Car Crash

Crashes across the region shutdown sections of several major roadways and resulted in multiple injuries Thursday morning. The Pennsylvania Turnpike reopened approximately 7 hours after shutting down due to an accident involving 35 cars. 

Turnpike officials said Thursday that 35 vehicles piled up in related accidents along a three mile stretch, blocking westbound lanes and causing a 4-mile backup about 50 miles west of Philadelphia, between the Morgantown and Reading exits in Berks County.     

Turnpike spokeswoman Renee Colborn says backed-up vehicles were cleared and about 10 people were taken to hospitals, with no reports of anyone dying.

Meanwhile, state police say about 40 vehicles piled up in multiple Thursday morning crashes on I-78 and shut down about five miles of westbound lanes in Berks County.  Police say no one was killed, though one person was flown to a hospital by helicopter. The road was reopened shortly before 3 p.m.

A crash between a vehicle and a plow truck near the intersection of Deep Creek and Henning roads in New Hanover caused the vehicle to flip over, according to officials.

Reports indicate two people were airlifted to the hospital for medical attention and another was transported by vehicle.

Northbound lanes of Route 202 between Routes 29 and 252 were shutdown for about 25 minutes due to a crash, according to PennDot.  The lanes were reopened around 11 a.m., according to officials. No injuries were reported.


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