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Up to one hundred Vehicles Pile Up on Pa

Up to one hundred Vehicles Pile Up on Pa. Turnpike

A massive pileup, estimated to involve as many as one hundred vehicles, caused a traffic nightmare along the icy Pennsylvania Turnpike just hours after a speed confinement was lifted Friday morning and that nightmare lasted until the road was reopened just before the afternoon rush.

«My heart was just like…oh my God. There`s no words to express it,” said Maria Schoeler who was stuck directly behind a multi-vehicle wreck. “It`s pretty crazy. It`s something you don`t expect with this many vehicles. It`s pretty treacherous.”

The very first accident happened around 8:25 a.m., leaving five tractor-trailers and ten cars threw up in a mangled mess about a mile from the Bensalem interchange on the eastbound side of the toll road. A series of crashes occurred right after that and within minutes, wrecked vehicles spread five miles back. The scene overhead looked like something out of a disaster movie. SkyForce10 photojournalist Jeremy Haas was the very first to see the scene from that vantage point.

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“It looked like numerous cars couldn’t stop,” said Haas.

Lisa Terreri and her spouse were in a much more precarious place — on the ground, behind the wheel, in the middle of it all.

“We just embarked witnessing a lot of minor accidents, a lot of cars attempting to brake but they couldn’t brake in time, Terreri said. “We could see that the road had a lot of frozen ice on it.” Terreri and her spouse were able to stop, and wound up stuck inbetween two of the crash scenes.

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Tom Hilley from Downingtown was behind the wheel of another vehicle and not as fortunate. He hit another car.

“I ran into him. He ran into me. These trucks plowed into them. It was. bouncing around like a pinball machine out here,” said Hilley.

A police report issued Friday evening confirms all three accounts of the scary incident:

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“A preliminary investigation exposed that for unknown reasons several drivers lost control of their vehicles. These vehicles impacted with each other and came to a stop in the lanes. While stopped in the lanes, several other vehicles, including tractor trailers, were also incapable to stop and impacted the already stopped vehicles. This caused a chain reaction of vehicles striking each other.”

The numerous accidents left more than two dozen motorists injured and hundreds of people stranded along the spread of road inbetween the Willow Grove and Bensalem/U.S. One exits in the Feasterville-Trevose area of Bucks and Montgomery Counties. The eastbound side of the Turnpike was shut down and drivers were coerced off at the Willow Grove exit. At times, the westbound side was closed too so that rescue crews could use the internal lanes to get the injured out and on their way to local hospitals including Temple and Abington Memorial.

“Angels were there,” said Marge Brady, whose car was hit four times by other vehicles. Brady said she “will have nightmares for a long time. Brady, who is from Bensalem, hurt her back and neck in the accident and was rushed to Abington. “It’s crazy this could happen.”

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The Turnpike was closed on the eastbound side until just before four p.m.


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No one has fucked down what set off the series of accidents, but questions are being raised about speed, icy conditions and sun glare.

The speed limit on the Turnpike had been restricted to forty five miles an hour due to Nor`easter, which dumped more than a foot of snow in much of that area. But those speed confinements were lifted this morning before the crashes.

The public information officer for the Turnpike Commission sent out this tweet just before one a.m.

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With snow leaving PA by four a.m., the Turnpike plans to lift all speed and trailer limitations today at six a.m. — in time for a.m. rush.

Pennsylvania State Police said that they believe that strenuous winds, drifting snow and drivers traveling too close and too rapid for the conditions could have played a role.

NBC10 Very first Alert Weather meteorologist Bill Henley said sun glare may have also been a contributing factor for drivers who were traveling directly towards the brilliant early morning sun.

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“The other factor is, it happened shortly after sunrise and what most people don’t realize is that just after sunrise is the coldest time of day,” he said.

“So, what may have been unfrozen over night may very well have been refrozen at the time of this accident.”

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The pileups left drivers and passengers stranded for hours. AAA urged motorists to turn off their vehicles to conserve fuel and limit battery usage.

Many motorists could be seen standing outside their cars using their cellphones. Some, like Dana Goodman, were headed to work, which ended up being a good thing in her case, for sustenance.

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«I have provisions,” said Dana Goodman who was headed to his job in Climb on Holly. “I have my lunch here with me sitting in the car. I pack every day.”

A massive towing process helped in re-opening the road.

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