Overnight accidents

December 24, 2008 Going down hill or up hill was a treacherous endeavor this morning. Dan Bradey of Norristown, Pa. took out a traffic light at the intersection of City and Monument avenues.

A short time later, another car found itself heading in the wrong direction on City Avenue after spinning around.

Ambulances responded to the numerous accidents. At 59th and Woodbine in Philadelphia's Wynnefield section. With no salt trucks in site, citizens were out throwing bags of salt themselves.

For hours motorists sat. Some were in their cars that had collided with polls or other vehicles. Others waited for help along the roadside.

It was just a nightmare commute Wednesday morning due to the ice and frigid temperatures.

A greyhound bus was involved in an accident along with numerous vehicles on Westbound I-76 near Route 476 in Conshohocken. Nobody on the bus was injured but officials said they responded to at least 10 to 15 accidents on I-76 at that location with minor injuries. Westbound I-76 all lanes are blocked at Conshohocken due to a jack-knifed tractor trailer.

It was a similar scene in South Philadelphia overnight. An accident involving about 20 vehicles closed the Passyunk Avenue Bridge near 61st Street. The bridge began to ice up just after midnight causing spinouts and crashes. Medics transported 4 people with injuries to the hospital.

A Penndot spokesperson said 250 salt trucks are out trying to clear the roads.

In Upper Moreland, Montgomery County a Ford Explorer crashed into a utility pole at about 2:15 a.m. The accident knocked out power for a city block.

And in New Jersey, the story is pretty similar. A UPS tractor trailer and 4 other vehicles crashed in Oaklyn, Camden County. It happened at about 2:00 a.m. on the Blackhorse Pike entrance ramp to Route 676, the Walt Whitman Bridge. One person suffered injuries.

In Camden, numerous vehicles were also involved in a crash including a fire truck and police vehicle. It happened on the Admiral Wilson Boulevard near Federal Street at about 1:00 a.m. Numerous injuries were reported there.

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