Pileup blocks PA Turnpike near Reading

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 26, 2013 12:33 PM
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Updated at 5:30 PM

(Reading) -- Portions of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Interstate 78 were shut down in snowy eastern Pennsylvania after chain-reaction pileups involved dozens vehicles on slippery roads.

Turnpike officials say 35 vehicles piled up at related accidents, blocking westbound lanes and causing a four-mile backup between the Morgantown and Reading exits in Berks County.

Turnpike spokeswoman Renee Colborn says backed-up vehicles were cleared and about 10 people were transported to hospitals, with no reports of fatalities.

Colborn says the westbound lanes reopened at about 5:15 this afternoon, after being closed for about seven hours. 

Meanwhile, state police say 25 to 30 vehicles piled up in related crashes on Interstate 78 and shut down about 5 miles of westbound lanes in Berks County. The lanes reopened after 3 p.m.

Trooper David Beohm says 25 people were taken to hospitals, including one by helicopter, and 44 were treated at the scene.  

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