Icy conditions prompt accidents around Philadelphia area

PHILADELPHIA - January 5, 2014

A multi-vehicle accident shut down parts of the eastbound Schuylkill Expressway for approximately an hour.

The crash occurred around 7:00 a.m.near the Belmont exit, shutting down I-76 between City Avenue and Belmont.

As soon as eastbound reopened, westbound I-76 at Belmont shut down until 11:00 a.m.

The Philadelphia Police Department announced the closure of Martin Luther King Drive just after 9:00 a.m. due to the ice.

Icy roads forced drivers to take it slow Bustleton Avenue and Trevose Road in Somerton this morning. Some cars were stranded on the road because of the conditions.

Part of Willits Road in Northeast Philadelphia was also impassable this morning.

Parts of Route 1 in Delaware County were closed for approximately a half hour because of icy conditions. The portion between Route 452 and Valley Brook Road reopened around 7:40 a.m.

Also in Delaware County, police say a car collided with a pole in Ridley Township. The accident happened near the intersection of Morton Avenue and Swarthmore Avenue.

Police in Upper Chichester decided that the 1600 block of Larkin Road was so treacherous Sunday morning they closed it for a while. That gave road crews the chance to get in and spread ice melter. It was re-opened later in the morning.

PennDot says they dispatched 182 salt trucks to various areas between 4:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. after icy conditions were being reported.

According to PennDot, Delaware County, Lower Bucks County, Southern Chester County, and parts of Philadelphia are the hardest hit areas at this time.

On mass transit, power problems caused delays on SEPTA's Chestnut Hill East, Fox Chase, Trenton Regional Rail lines.

In Delaware, icy conditions caused Roth Bridge (SR 1) between Pole Bridge Road and Wrangle Hill Road to close around 8:30 a.m. It reopened just before 10:00 a.m.

No injuries have been reported in any of the accidents.

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