Keep up with the news by installing RT’s extension for . Never miss a story with this clean and simple app that delivers the latest headlines to you.

 

Up to 100 cars pile up on icy Pennsylvania highway (PHOTOS)

Published time: February 14, 2014 16:16
Edited time: February 14, 2014 22:03
Rescue and fire personnel assist on the scene of a 100 car chain reaction pileup accident on the Pennsylvania Turnpike eastbound February 14, 2014 in Feasterville, Pennsylvania. (AFP Photo / William Thomas Cain)

Rescue and fire personnel assist on the scene of a 100 car chain reaction pileup accident on the Pennsylvania Turnpike eastbound February 14, 2014 in Feasterville, Pennsylvania. (AFP Photo / William Thomas Cain)

Several huge multi-car pile-ups totaling 100 vehicles have shut down part of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Friday morning, as icy driving conditions made for a treacherous commute.

The first crash occurred close to 8 a.m. and set off a chain reaction of accidents involving roughly 75 vehicles, while a separate crash managed to snare another 30 cars or so, according to CBS Philadelphia.

So far, up to five individuals have been hospitalized, though no fatalities have been reported.

There’s no word on exactly what caused the pile-ups, but local news station Fox 29 said the first accident took place around 7:40 a.m. and involved a tractor trailer. That accident triggered a chain reaction of collisions, which state police believe was caused by the icy road and people driving too fast.

Rescue and fire personnel assist on the scene of a 100 car chain reaction pileup accident on the Pennsylvania Turnpike eastbound February 14, 2014 in Feasterville, Pennsylvania. (AFP Photo / William Thomas Cain)

Despite the icy conditions, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission told Fox 29 that they had lifted the 45 mph ban early Friday morning. That decision could’ve led drivers to believe the roads were less hazardous than they really were.

"We just started seeing a lot of minor accidents, a lot of cars trying to brake but they couldn't brake in time," said reporter Jeremy Haas of NBC Philadelphia.

In addition to the road itself, glare from the sun could have also played a role in the crashes, potentially making it more difficult for drivers to react adequately.

According to NBC, the Turnpike Commission enacted “Plan X” soon after the accidents occurred, which allows officials to shut down traffic on the turnpike and reroute traffic off of it. Although the eastbound lanes were the only ones in which accidents occurred, westbound traffic was also stopped periodically in order to let all emergency vehicles through.

Even so, after one hour, many emergency vehicles had not arrived at all the crash sites. At least 100 cars not involved in the pile-ups have been stranded on the turnpike as well. When Plan X is implemented, officials typically expect the turnpike to be shut down for hours.

At least one car was overturned during the morning’s events, while one tractor trailer was jackknifed by another vehicle. Speaking with Fox 29, motorist Steven Coney said he was only going 25 mph when he tried to brake, but his car slid out of control and made a 360 degree turn. He thought he was safe after that, but a tractor trailer then crashed into his vehicle.

"His back end slammed into my front windshield," Coney said. "I could've died."

Rescue and fire personnel assist on the scene of a 100 car chain reaction pileup accident on the Pennsylvania Turnpike eastbound February 14, 2014 in Feasterville, Pennsylvania. (AFP Photo / William Thomas Cain)

Rescue and fire personnel assist on the scene of a 100 car chain reaction pileup accident on the Pennsylvania Turnpike eastbound February 14, 2014 in Feasterville, Pennsylvania. (AFP Photo / William Thomas Cain)

Rescue and fire personnel assist on the scene of a 100 car chain reaction pileup accident on the Pennsylvania Turnpike eastbound February 14, 2014 in Feasterville, Pennsylvania. (AFP Photo / William Thomas Cain)

Smashed vehicles await assistance as dozens of flipped-over cars, jack-knifed tractor-trailers and vehicles skidded off the Pennsylvania Turnpike during the morning commute, shutting down the major thoroughfare near the Bensalem interchange in Pennsylvania, February 14, 2014. (Reuters / Tom Mihalek)

Drivers stand outside of their cars as traffic is backed up following a multi-car and truck accident during the morning commute, shutting down the major thoroughfare near the Bensalem interchange in Pennsylvania, February 14, 2014. (Reuters / Tom Mihalek)

Comments (17)

 

Beth 11.03.2014 16:48

Car pile ups don't have to happen. If you drive safely and pay attention to the road, you can avoid them altogether.

More:

 

Boy Interrupted.... 16.02.2014 04:22

Ian Tanner 15.02.2014 18:54

"F" ing retards. Keep building ELF antennas along every "FREEWAY" in the USA and see how well zombies can react to an atypical situation.

  


.. .sorry to inform you, but "FREEWAYS" are West Coast, on the East Coast road ways are mostly called "HIGHWAYS" or less common "MOTORWAYS" ;, but never ever "FREEWAYS" ...

 

Boy Interrupted.... 16.02.2014 04:15

Merlin Wizard 14.02.2014 16:45

There’s no word on exactly what caused the pile-ups, but local news station Fox 29 said the first accident took place around 7:40 a.m. and involved a tractor trailer.
So Human error and an incredible ineptness when confronted with ice and snow, caused the crashes.

  

I live north of there, it is close to NYC also...the PTC had just lifted speed restrictions without fully examining road conditions, a combination of morning sunglare on the white snow and black ice on the asphalt, with the way the PA Turnpike curves and slopes there are the reasons it happened.

View all comments (17)
Add comment

Authorization required for adding comments

Register or

Name

Password

Show password

Register

or Register

Request a new password

Send

or Register

To complete a registration check
your Email:

OK

or Register

A password has been sent to your email address

Edit profile

X

Name

New password

Retype new password

Current password

Save

Cancel

Follow us