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Dual Tractor-Trailer Accident Shuts Down Turnpike

The early morning accident dumped fuel and debris on the toll road

December 14, 2018 - 8:21 am

PLUM BOROUGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) — Traffic was snarled for hours Friday morning on the Pennsylvania Turnpike due to a tractor-trailer accident.

The two trucks crashed about a mile from the Allegheny Valley interchange around 4:30 a.m., closing all westbound lanes.

“One of them was a flatbed hauling wood products that spilled all over the roadway. The other was a tractor-trailer truck with mail,” Turnpike spokesperson Carl DeFebo told the KDKA Radio Morning News Friday.

He described the trucks as “perched” on the concrete median in the middle of the toll road. That and the debris forced the closure of the left two lanes of the eastbound roadway for a period.

“Fuel tanks ruptured on both of these vehicles and state police are estimating there’s 300 gallons of fuel that needs to be cleaned up,” DeFebo said.

“The other challenge that we’re working with is this concrete median barrier has been damaged by this crash; the Turnpike’s not going to want to reopen until that gets repaired.”  

Traffic was detoured onto I-376, to I-279 to Route 28 North to the Harmarville entrance back onto the Turnpike.

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