Pennsylvania Turnpike reopens after multi-truck crash

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December 20, 2013 1:43:43 PM PST
Eastbound traffic has finally reopened on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, seven hours after a crash shut down the highway in Bensalem, Bucks County.

The crash happened after 6:00 a.m. Friday, just past the Route 1 exit. The crash caused major traffic backups on both the east- and westbound sides throughout the morning rush hour.

This accident involved three commercial trucks. While there are two cars in the area of the crash, State Police tell Action News that they were not part of the accident - it's just where they stopped.

The impact of the crash caused one vehicle to hit the Jersey barrier separating the east- and westbound sides, sending chunks of concrete into the westbound lanes. That reduced traffic on the westbound side down to one lane for hours.

Two truck drivers were transported to Aria Health Torresdale following the collision. The first received a routine check-up and no injuries were found. The second driver suffered a fractured leg and cuts to the face.

In the middle of it all Roseanne Kelsall's minivan sat remarkably unscathed.

Kelsall tells us, "We are surrounded by all of this and we were able to walk away and so was everybody else. So I'm just thanking God for that, really."

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Authority instituted a 'Plan X' for the area, which involves shutting down part of the turnpike and detouring traffic off the highway.

Since the crash happened just east of the Route 1 exit, all eastbound traffic was being detoured off at Route 1.

So far, no word on what caused the crash or if anyone will face charges in relation to the incident.


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