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Pa. Turnpike reopens after crashes hurt 30

Posted at: 02/14/2014 4:23 PM
By: Associated Press



The Pennsylvania Turnpike outside Philadelphia has reopened more than seven hours after a series of crashes injured 30 people and caused a miles-long traffic jam.

Turnpike spokesman Bill Capone says all eastbound lanes between the Willow Grove and Bensalem exits reopened shortly before 4 p.m. The westbound lanes reopened about a half-hour before that.

Two major chain-reaction pileups and smaller fender-benders involving tractor trailers and scores of cars were reported just before 8:30 a.m., in the middle of rush hour and about five hours after a storm that dropped a foot of snow in the area finally moved out.

State police suspect sun glare and ice played roles in the crashes. Motorists say the turnpike was very slick.