Wintry Mix Causes Crashes, Road Closures

Freezing rain wreaked havoc on area roads on Friday, causing numerous accidents, one of which was deadly, and road closures across the region.

More than 12 vehicles collided on Route 1 near Route 252 in Media Friday morning, according to reports.  Authorities closed southbound lanes and one minor injury was reported.

Icy conditions closed Roosevelt Boulevard in both directions between Cottman and Ryan Avenues, according to police.

Elsewhere on Route 1, another crash closed southbound lanes near State Road. A third crash on Route 1 northbound closed the off-ramp to PA Route 213, according to PennDOT.

An accident on the Walt Whitman Bridge forced authorities to close all westbound lanes on the bridge during the morning commute. Once the wreck was cleaned up, crews salted the span before reopening the bridge.

The Delaware River Port Authority also placed speed restrictions of 25 miles per hour for all bridges across the Delaware River.

In New Jersey, a woman was killed in Pine Hill, Camden County after her SUV spun out of control and slammed into the front of a New Jersey Transit bus. Seventeen passengers on the bus were also hurt.

The slippery roads were also a factor in a collision between a school bus and an SUV in northern Delaware Friday morning.

On Friday morning, a spokesman for the transit agency announced delays of up to two hours on its bus service within Camden, Gloucester and Burlington counties due to icy road conditions.

In Gloucester Township, a police cruiser was hit by a car that lost control on black ice while the officer's vehicle was pulled over handling a separate crash, according to police.

Multiple crashes caused delays on northbound lanes of Route 202 near Route 29.

Philadelphia International Airport put a ground stop into place on Friday morning due to the icy conditions. Then extended it until 10:45 a.m.

Road crews and emergency personnel were also put in danger by the icy conditions.

A salt truck overturned in the middle of a Delran, N.J. neighborhood, spilling rock salt all over the road. Further east in Tabernacle, N.J., a firefighter was hospitalized after he lost control of the fire truck he was driving. He suffered neck and back injuries.

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