Dump Truck Spills Sand Onto Schuylkill Expressway, Snarls Traffic for Hours

Avoid Interstate 76 if you can due to a series of crashes near both University and Belmont avenues

A series of crashes snarled the Thursday morning commute on the busy Schuylkill Expressway.

A dump truck spilled its load onto the westbound lanes of Interstate 76 between the University Avenue and South Street exits around 6:15 a.m.

Traffic quickly backed up into South Philadelphia.

In total, three vehicles were involved and at least two people were hurt.

Traffic on the eastbound side also slowed down due to a crash in the same area.

It took until around 10 a.m. to get the mess all cleaned up.

The river drives, Interstate 95 and the Vine Street Expressway (I-676) could be used as alternate routes but expect slow going. Traffic also backed up on bridges entering Philadelphia.

The dump truck crash came after an earlier multiple-vehicle crash that left debris in the eastbound lanes of I-76 near Belmont Avenue. Another crash also occurred near there in westbound lanes. Traffic backed up in both directions near Belmont after the wreckages were pushed off to the shoulder.

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