DeJa Vu: 17-Mile Backup on I-78

Traffic was backed up for 17 miles on I-78 in Berks County Monday because of a several accidents and whiteout conditions along some stretches, according to WFMZonline.

Most of the trouble was on the Eastbound side, but in some spots the highway was shut down in both directions.

Eastbound traffic was being diverted to old Route 22 at Shartlesville (Exit 23) and back on I-78 at Krumsville (Exit 40) according to the Berks County Office of Emergency Management.

Westbound traffic was being diverted at Shartlesville (Exit 23) and allowed back on at Route 183 (Exit 19) at Strausstown.


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I-78 is the same road where the infamous two-day traffic jam took place two years ago during the Valentine's Day Storm of 2007.

Severe ice caused a backup for 50-miles between Lebanon County and Allentown. The highway was shut down. Motorists were stranded for hours, some for nearly two days. 

People ran out of food, gas and patience. The National Guard was called in, loaded with food, water, baby supplies and fuel to help hundreds of stranded motorists while crews worked to clear up the massive backup.

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