Pennsylvania Pileup, At least 30 people were injured, five seriously, in a multi-vehicle pileup Friday morning on the ice slickened Pennsylvania Turnpike between Bensalem and Willow Grove. More than 40 vehicles – cars, trucks and tractor trailers – were involved in the two main crashes, which occurred in the eastbound lanes around 8:35 a.m., one mile west of the Bensalem exit. Police were forced to close the road in both directions, creating a miles-long traffic jam and turning the morning rush into an hours-long headache.
Trooper Adam Reed, of the Pennsylvania State Police, said they hope to have the turnpike open by 5 p.m.
There were two separate main accidents about two miles apart, said Bill Capone, chief of communications for the turnpike commission. The main accidents involved about 20 to 25 vehicles each, he said. At one point traffic was backed up five miles behind the accidents.
“The best we know is that we had 30 people transported to local hospitals,” said Capone. He said the injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.
At Abington Hospital, 11 patients were being treated for minor injuries, but five others were listed as traumas, according to Cindy Taing, a hospital employee.
The hospital said the trauma injuries were not life-threatening.