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Bensalem, PA - Trucks, Dozens Of Cars Crash On Pa. Turnpike

Published on: February 14, 2014 11:50 AM
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Vehicles are piled up in an accident Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, in Bensalem, Pa. Traffic accidents involving multiple tractor trailers and dozens of cars have completely blocked one side of the Pennsylvania Turnpike outside Philadelphia and caused some injuries. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)Vehicles are piled up in an accident Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, in Bensalem, Pa. Traffic accidents involving multiple tractor trailers and dozens of cars have completely blocked one side of the Pennsylvania Turnpike outside Philadelphia and caused some injuries. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Bensalem, PA - Traffic accidents involving multiple tractor trailers and dozens of cars completely blocked one side of the Pennsylvania Turnpike outside Philadelphia on Friday and caused some injuries.

The crashes were reported just after 8 a.m., about five hours after a storm that dropped a foot of snow in the area finally moved out. Speed restrictions enacted during the storm had been lifted at 6 a.m., but motorists said the roadway was very slick at the time of the crash.

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Several tractor-trailers and dozens of cars were involved in a series of accidents that backed up traffic for miles between the Bensalem and Willow Grove exits.

Turnpike spokesman Bill Capone told WPVI-TV that some injuries had been reported but were said to be minor. He says state police and other personnel were trying to attend to anyone injured and that reopening the road would take a while. Drivers were advised to use alternate routes and expect heavy delays.

David Hill, 27, was about a mile back and had turned his car off to save gas. Given the nearest exit was about 2 1/2 miles away, he anticipated being there for hours.

“There’s no possible way,” he said. “I’m stuck.”

Hill, who works for a wealth management company, said he wasn’t surprised there was an accident.

“I got on the turnpike and it was nothing but ice,” he said. “I was very surprised at the condition of it. Normally the turnpike is one of the first roads that’s cleared, but today I was driving on solid ice.”

This video frame grab provided by Fox 29 Philadelphia shows traffic accidents involving multiple tractor trailers and dozens of cars on Pennsylvania Turnpike outside Philadelphia, on Friday, Feb. 14, 2014.  The crashes were reported just after 8 a.m. Friday, one day after the area got about a foot of snow that left roads slick. Television news helicopter footage showed several tractor-trailers and dozens of cars involved in a series of accidents that had backed up traffic for miles between the Bensalem and Willow Grove exits. (AP Photo/Fox 29 Philadelphia)This video frame grab provided by Fox 29 Philadelphia shows traffic accidents involving multiple tractor trailers and dozens of cars on Pennsylvania Turnpike outside Philadelphia, on Friday, Feb. 14, 2014.  The crashes were reported just after 8 a.m. Friday, one day after the area got about a foot of snow that left roads slick. Television news helicopter footage showed several tractor-trailers and dozens of cars involved in a series of accidents that had backed up traffic for miles between the Bensalem and Willow Grove exits. (AP Photo/Fox 29 Philadelphia)
Vehicles are piled up in an accident Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, in Bensalem, Pa. Traffic accidents involving multiple tractor trailers and dozens of cars have completely blocked one side of the Pennsylvania Turnpike outside Philadelphia and caused some injuries. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)Vehicles are piled up in an accident Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, in Bensalem, Pa. Traffic accidents involving multiple tractor trailers and dozens of cars have completely blocked one side of the Pennsylvania Turnpike outside Philadelphia and caused some injuries. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Vehicles are piled up in an accident Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, in Bensalem, Pa. Traffic accidents involving multiple tractor trailers and dozens of cars have completely blocked one side of the Pennsylvania Turnpike outside Philadelphia and caused some injuries. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)Vehicles are piled up in an accident Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, in Bensalem, Pa. Traffic accidents involving multiple tractor trailers and dozens of cars have completely blocked one side of the Pennsylvania Turnpike outside Philadelphia and caused some injuries. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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 Feb 14, 2014 at 12:56 PM Longwave Says:

I drove on the Belt Parkway at 11AM this morning. I counted 16 cars on the side of the road with flat tires.

Good going deblasio. By not making the plows work all night, you created the conditions that helped make those potholes. Now it will cost the city more $$ to fix what you just fixed last week. And who do you think will pay for the repairs in the long run? The taxpayers.

Schumer refused to help make the Belt Parkway an interstate highway, and we lost Federal funds bacause of that. As I recall, he did not want to help the Republican administration. Anoter prime example of democrats at work.

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 Feb 14, 2014 at 03:34 PM Facts1 Says:

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Longwave Says:

I drove on the Belt Parkway at 11AM this morning. I counted 16 cars on the side of the road with flat tires.

Good going deblasio. By not making the plows work all night, you created the conditions that helped make those potholes. Now it will cost the city more $$ to fix what you just fixed last week. And who do you think will pay for the repairs in the long run? The taxpayers.

Schumer refused to help make the Belt Parkway an interstate highway, and we lost Federal funds bacause of that. As I recall, he did not want to help the Republican administration. Anoter prime example of democrats at work.

I saw truck all day all over Boro Park, he's been very graceful to BP, compared to his disgraced predecessor who didnt plow BP at all.

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 Feb 16, 2014 at 01:46 AM Anonymous Says:

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Longwave Says:

I drove on the Belt Parkway at 11AM this morning. I counted 16 cars on the side of the road with flat tires.

Good going deblasio. By not making the plows work all night, you created the conditions that helped make those potholes. Now it will cost the city more $$ to fix what you just fixed last week. And who do you think will pay for the repairs in the long run? The taxpayers.

Schumer refused to help make the Belt Parkway an interstate highway, and we lost Federal funds bacause of that. As I recall, he did not want to help the Republican administration. Anoter prime example of democrats at work.

To blame de Deblasio for the poor condition of the Belt Parkway lacks any credibility whatsoever. Herr Bloomberg was in power for 12 years and I recall the Belt Parkway flooding after heavy rains and getting many pot holes every winter during his term including the questionable third term.

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