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Deadly Wrong-Way Wreck Closes I-95 in Pa. for Hours

Driver going wrong way on Interstate 95 in Bensalem causes deadly wreck that closes highway for hours and left two other people hurt, Pennsylvania State Police say

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What to Know

  • Pennsylvania State Police say a minivan driver traveling the wrong way on an interstate highway in Bucks County caused a crash that left another driver dead.
  • The accident occurred around 1:40 a.m. Wednesday in the northbound lanes of I-95 in Bensalem.
  • It took hours to investigate and clear the crash.

A deadly wrong-way wreck involving a minivan driver closed part of Interstate 95 in Bucks County throughout most of Wednesday morning.

The crash took place around 1:45 a.m. in the northbound lanes near milepost 33.6 in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, state police said.

A 33-year-old Camden, New Jersey, woman was driving her 2014 Toyota Sienna southbound in the northbound lanes when she slammed into a Chrysler 300 going northbound, state police said.

Three people were taken to a hospital, where the driver of the Chrysler 300 died a short time later, police said. The driver of the Sienna was hospitalized with undisclosed injuries. It was unclear which vehicle the third person was in.

Despite social distancing keeping many people home, traffic still backed up into Northeast Philadelphia up to 40 minutes by 7:10 as all traffic was diverted off at Academy Road. To avoid the crash entirely, take State Road or Frankford Avenue to get around the crash scene, NBC10 First Alert Traffic reporter Sheila Watko said.

Delays remained as of 10 a.m., but the crash was cleared and traffic was flowing again by 10:30 a.m.

It wasn't clear why the minivan driver was going the wrong way. The crash remained under investigation Wednesday and no charges were filed. Anyone with information is asked to call Pennsylvania State Police Trevose Barracks at (215) 942–3900.

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