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At least one person was killed after a chain reaction crash involving several tractor trailers on I-78 westbound.
A tractor trailer failed to slow down as it approached traffic caused by an earlier accident nearby.
Five tractor trailers and one other vehicle were involved in the second crash. At least one person died.
Two people died in a chain reaction crash involving several big rigs on Interstate 78 westbound in Windsor Township, Berks County, Wednesday afternoon.
A tractor-trailer unable to stop for traffic ahead initially slammed into a passenger car near mile marker 29, slowing down westbound traffic on I-78, around 2:40 p.m., Pennsylvania state police said.
The force of the initial wreck forced the car into another tractor-trailer, which was then pushed into the back of another tractor-trailer, leading to the chain reaction crash.
Two people died and three were hurt, police said.
In all, five tractor-trailers and one passenger vehicle were involved. Two of the tractor-trailers and the passenger vehicle also caught fire.
I-78 was shut down in both directions. One eastbound lane later reopened around 7 p.m. The whole highway reopened around 3:30 a.m. Thursday.