Pennsylvania Turnpike Crash: 50-Car Pileup in PA, At Least 1 Dead
Pennsylvania Turnpike Crash: 50-Car Pileup in PA, At Least 1 Dead

A massive pile-up on the Pennsylvania Turnpike on Sunday afternoon ended with at least one person dead and involved about 50 vehicles.

Amid heavy snow in the region, the crash snarled traffic on the turnpike. 

Officials said that the pile-up started when a motorist who was involved in a minor accident got out of his car and was hit and killed, reported NBC.

The multi-car crash closed the westbound lanes of the Pennsylvania Turnpike from Downingtown to Morgantown.

The accident happened around 12:30 p.m. on the westbound turnpike at mile marker 300 in the area of Morgantown. 

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission said traffic has re-started on the turnpike (I-76) but an area of congestion has formed due to the accident. The state’s 511 system said that congestion is east of exit 201, and exit 298.

Other accidents also happened on the turnpike in other areas.

The National Weather Service placed Philadelphia and extreme southeastern Pennsylvania under a winter storm warning, saying the region could get 3 to 6 inches of snow.

State transportation crews began putting a brine solution on major roadways on Saturday in anticipation of the storm.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

  • dfsdf

    People are so stupid. If you are driving safely, there is no way 50 cars should be in an accident!!! I understand poor road conditions in the snow and everyone makes mistakes, but how in the hell do 50 cars all get into 1 accident?!?

    • Lauren

      Um. This area was expecting to get a coating to 1″ of snow, and instead received anywhere from 8 – 12″. Road crews were not prepared, so surfaces were not properly treated. Combine that with terrible visibility (look up some video clips from the Eagles game on 12/8 and you’ll see for yourself) and it was a recipe for disaster, no matter how careful people were being.

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