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Western Pa. turnpike detour lifted after crash, fire

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 1, 2014 9:39 AM
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(Donegal) -- The Turnpike has lifted an 86-mile westbound detour after lanes were closed overnight by a vehicle fire and a related crash. 

The lane restrictions began the vehicle fire was reported about 9:45 p.m. Monday at mile marker 100. But the situation got worse after a turnpike service truck responded to the scene, only to be hit by a tractor-trailer which caught fire shortly after 10:30 p.m. 

That prompted officials to close the westbound turnpike between Somerset, at mile marker 110, and Donegal, and mile marker 91.

By 2:00 a.m., the closure was expanded between Breezewood, at mile marker 161, and New Stanton, at mile marker 75. 

Crews cleared the debris and reopened the westbound lanes about 9:45 a.m. this morning.

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